Obesity is preventable – but as individuals and as a society, we choose to allow it to happen.
Last year, the McKinsey Global Institute published a report called “How the world could better fight obesity”. Some of its findings are deeply concerning. Here are a few:
- More than 2.1 billion people—nearly 30 percent of the global population—are overweight or obese.
- …almost half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030 (if current trends continue)
- A systemic, sustained portfolio of initiatives, delivered at scale, is needed to reverse the health burden.
- Education and personal responsibility are critical elements of any program aiming to reduce obesity
Personal and parental responsibility play a big part in the fight against obesity. And first of all we have to accept that we have a problem. Recent studies have shown that in general we grossly (!) underestimate the scale of the issue and don’t realise that we are overweight or obese. And more worryingly, many parents of overweight children believe that their young kids are perfectly fine. See these reports from the Guardian (Fifth of overweight Britons think their size is healthy) and the Telegraph (parents in denial about their overweight children).
Today (May 15 2015) is Food Revolution Day – an initiative by Jamie Oliver that is fighting to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum. Getting our kids better educated about good food is a key element in the fight against obesity. If you want to help, please sign it, and share it.
And if you need some personal motivation to get in shape, try this from Ben Coomber: