We live in world that is fueled by the drive to want more… more success, more social media, more friends, more clothes, more options, more likes, and definitely, more food! Our appetite for more has put us into a whirlwind. Our plates are larger than ever and meals come to the table fit for a king. The problem is, with fast food, inactivity levels, and other genetic factors also added to the mix, weight levels all around have been affected.
The global epidemic of overweight and obesity has become such a major global concern that the term “globesity” has been coined. The world has a major public health problem on its hands, and now is the time to take action. In fact, there is no choice in the matter as millions of people fall into the realm of ‘globesity.’ This serious health concern will only lead to other serious health disorders in the long run if we don’t encourage healthy lifestyle changes now.
Obesity: A complex condition
It is important to understand that both developing and developed countries are not immune to obesity, a condition that includes physical, psychological, and social elements. In the year 2000, the number of obese adults globally reached a staggering 3000+ million, and this isn’t even taking into account the children affected. Another 18 million youngsters under the age of 5 were also categorized as being overweight. Being a part of such statistics is serious on its own, however it also means an individual becomes directly at risk for other health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, and even cancer. Overall, it affects quality of life on all levels.
Lebanon: How it’s hitting home
The days of home cooked meals are waning; many parents are either too busy to take the time to prepare healthy dishes or simply cannot fight their heavy workloads. Lebanon is certainly not immune to the epidemic of overweight and obesity either; this is especially evident when you glance at the youth and young children of today. The inevitable fast food invasion over the past two decades hasn’t helped matters as well. Social media addiction and heavy homework loads also add to the mix, encouraging an inactive population. And while many Lebanese might view the problem of being overweight or obese as a cosmetic concern, we must spread the word that it is about living the healthiest life possible!
Did you know…? A team from USJ, AUB, and USEK conducted a study that included approximately 3500 individuals from around Lebanon. It was determined that 1 out of 3 children or adolescents and 62% of adults were either overweight or obese.
The good news!!
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, considering that we are all willing to carry the torch of good health! A national population based study in Lebanon revealed high prevalence rates of overweight and obesity in comparison to the rates observed in developed countries. What is the bottom line? The study certified that obesity could be a Lebanese choice and not a disease. We can CHOOSE to be healthier!
Let’s vow to make healthy choices!
Getting this global obesity and overweight epidemic under control will take some work and effort, but it can be done. An integrated approach must be taken. Here are some tips:
1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and nuts.
2. Move more. You don’t need to turn into a gym rat either; some simple changes can make all the difference.
3. Keep junk food out of schools and have kids turn off the TV.
4. Steer away from high fat foods and empty calories.
5. Cut back on sugar! Even better… vow to use a low calorie sweetener such as Canderel 100% Sucralose instead.
10 Fantastic Facts about Canderel 100% Sucralose
1. It is derived from sugar, but isn’t sugar.
2. It is calorie free!
3. It can be safely consumed by kids of all ages, pregnant women, nursing moms, and the elderly.
4. It is suitable for diabetic patients!
5. It is appropriate for any type of food cooked in the oven or on the stovetop.
6. It is approved by more than 80 countries worldwide!
7. Sucralose has been approved by the FDA and has no effect on blood glucose and insulin levels.
8. It is an ideal alternative to sugar for those who watch their weight and fitness levels.
9. It is conveniently available in tablets, powder, and sticks.
10. It is ideal for both hot and cold beverages.