The 50’s was the decade when fast food was popularized in America. Today, many seniors who grew up eating burgers, fries and soda are now overweight.
A report looking at 7 major countries, indicated that the current number of obese people will increase from 167 million in 2012 to 213 million in 2022, putting a major strain on health services provided. Researchers focusing on the US, predict that Americans will be the most affected by the obesity epidemic, with 113 million people expected to be overweight by 2012. Furthermore, The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the US reported that in 2013 more than one-third of adults over 65 are obese.
A report from July 2013 showed that the US surpassed the obesity rates of Mexico, moving into second place for the most overweight country.
Alison Carpenter, an analyst from GlobalData, says, “The main drivers of the substantial growth in overweight and obesity cases across the nine major markets is due both to an increased adoption of a westernized lifestyle and a high prevalence of obesity risk factors, unfortunately… it will be difficult for public health organizations and policymakers to aim effective control measures at these populations to contain this growing epidemic.”
Many risk factors accompany obesity, such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, depressing, sleep apnea, and joint pain. Many overweight seniors are also at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and certain cancers including colon and pancreatic.
Fortunately, seniors are not doomed to a life of obesity. Lucky for seniors, their bodies are more sensitive to fluctuations in weight loss; furthermore, there are so many different opportunities and options to obtain and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
· Meet with your medical doctor
· Consult a dietician for a diet plan specific to your health needs
· Understand that weight loss doesn’t occur instantaneously; be patient and work hard!
· Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
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“US Obesity Rates on the Rise: 113 Million by 2022.” Medical News Today, 3 Sept. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.