The World Obesity
Federation is an alliance of over 50 national and regional organizations dedicated to research into obesity
, and treatment and prevention of the disease.
The prevalence of obesity
among male and female aged 18-24 years was taken from a previous study8 as shown below:
For many years, physicians thought that obesity
is not a disease.
There are very few studies conducted on medical students regarding their obesity
in Saudi Arabia.
The CDC (2014b) reported declines in obesity
in low-income preschool children 2 to 5 years of age from 14% in 2004 to 8% in 2012.
Critics blame the failure of public health obesity
policies and programs on the latter being framed within an individual behaviour change paradigm or health education model that does not take into account the complexity of obesity
5% of Americans were suffering from obesity
in 2004 and this increased to 35.
was more prevalent in older women as opposed to younger women.
Although these data suggest that the epidemic of childhood obesity
may have begun to recede in Philadelphia, unacceptably high rates of obesity
and severe obesity
continue to threaten the health and futures of many school children," the study's authors wrote.
is a major public health problem which is associated with chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases.
According to the CDC's own data for the years 2001 to 2003, excluding older Americans leaves just 585,000 or so deaths a year, of which more than 180,000 are caused by accidents, suicide, homicide, lung cancer, HIV, influenza, pneumonia, and chronic lower respiratory diseases--none of which the CDC blames on obesity
According to Lawrence Cheskin, director of Johns Hopkins University's Weight Management Center, obesity
has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.
Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity
By Susan Okie Washington, DC:Joseph Henry Press, 2005.
Widespread sleep deprivation could partly explain the current epidemics of both obesity
and diabetes, emerging data suggest.
The global obesity
epidemic is arguably the most serious health issue facing the food industry today.