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What do the US, Mexico, China, Russia, Brazil, and India have in common? Skyrocketing Obesity.
The OECG, a group that tracks economic trends and discusses possible world-wide solutions devoted their 9/23/10 meeting to the economic drain on the world- wide economy due to obesity. Countries are already taking action, but what about the US?
The statistics presented in this report are alarming. The OECG normally does not focus on health issues as it is an organization that follows world-wide economic trends and works cooperatively regarding improving world-wide economy. The epidemic of obesity is so out of control that it is seriously impacting the world-wide economy.
As you read the report, take note that the countries predominantly affected by rapidly increasing obesity rates are the United States, Mexico, and now China, India, Brazil, and Russia.
Do you think it’s a coincidence that The Metabolism Miracle program was recently licensed for translation into Chinese (Mainland China), Spanish, Indonesian, and Bulgarian? A representative from a publising house in India is also interested in the translation. The very countries spotlighted with rapidly increasing obesity rates are taking the Metabolism Miracle seriously.
The US government, outwardly “spearheading a program” to educate children to help stop the childhood obesity epidemic, has been very slow to get on board with this 3 step program that safely and effectively promotes permanent weight loss, much improved health, decreased cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Other countries are proactively translating the program into their home languages to aid in combating this crippling epidemic….the US has had The Metabolism Miracle since April, 2009 and it has reached bestseller status through articles in magazines, newspapers, the internet, and word of mouth.
The slow reaction on the part of US health agencies is even more perplexing when you consider that as one of the most obese countries…the US is also the #1 country in terms of pharmaceutical/
The MM lifestyle not only promotes permanent weight loss, but always decreases the need for medications related to weight. The person who follows MM becomes healthier physically, mentally, and psychologically…
The Metabolism Miracle was painstakingly developed to match the metabolism of millions of people who unknowingly over-release the fat gain hormone; insulin. Excess insulin causes fat gain both on the body (belly fat) and in the blood (elevated cholesterol and triglycerides)
The OECG report:
By GREG KELLER, Associated Press Writer Greg Keller, Associated Press Writer
PARIS – Citizens of the world's richest countries are getting fatter and fatter and the United States is leading the charge, an organization of leading economies said Thursday in its first ever obesity forecast.
Three out of four Americans will be overweight or obese by 2020, and disease rates and health care spending will balloon, unless governments, individuals and industry cooperate on a comprehensive strategy to combat the epidemic, the study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.
The Paris-based organization, which brings together 33 of the world's leading economies, is better known for forecasting deficit and employment levels than for measuring waistlines. But the economic cost of excess weight — in health care, and in lives cut short and resources wasted — is a growing concern for many governments.
Franco Sassi, the OECD senior health economist who authored the report, blamed the usual suspects for the increase.
"Food is much cheaper than in the past, in particular food that is not particularly healthy, and people are changing their lifestyles, they have less time to prepare meals and are eating out more in restaurants,"
That plus the fact that people are much less physically active than in the past means that the ranks of the overweight have swelled to nearly 70 percent in the U.S. this year from well under 50 percent in 1980, according to the OECD.
In 10 years, a full 75 percent of Americans will be overweight, making it "the fattest country in the OECD," the report said.
The same factors driving the epidemic in the U.S. are also at work in other wealthy and developing countries, Sassi said. "There is a frightening increase in the epidemic," Sassi said, "We've not reached the plateau yet."
The lifespan of an obese person is up to 8-10 years shorter than that of a normal-weight person, the OECD said, the same loss of lifespan incurred by smoking.
In the U.S. the cost in dollars of obesity, including higher health care spending and lost production, is already equivalent to 1 percent of the country's total gross domestic product, the report said. That compares to half a percent in other OECD countries, Sassi said.
These costs could rise two- or threefold over the coming years, the OECD said, citing another study that forecast obesity and overweight-related health care costs would rise 70 percent by 2015 and could be 2.4 times higher than the current level in 2025.
The OECD found that rates of obesity, defined as a body mass index above 30, show a wide variation across its member countries, ranging from as little as 3-4 percent of the population in Japan and Korea to around one-third in the U.S. and Mexico.
"However, rates are also increasing in these countries," the OECD said. Outside the OECD, obesity rates are rising at similarly fast rates in countries such as Brazil, China, India and Russia.
The OECD advises governments on economic growth, social development and financial stability.
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