More than 100 million people worldwide are estimated to suffer from obesity, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that a third of the world’s population is at risk of developing the condition.
As the world continues to battle the devastating effects of climate change and rising sea levels, the latest statistics show that millions of people are suffering.
According to the World Food Program, the world will lose around 2.4 billion people by 2065 due to the impacts of climate and the related threat of extreme weather.
The number of people living with the disease is expected to rise by half in just a decade.ABC News understands that the number of deaths in the US will increase by more than 100,000 a year as a result of rising temperatures.
The numbers of Australians suffering from obesity will increase as the temperature rises.
Dr Robert Koll, director of nutrition and health at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, told ABC News the current rate of growth was “absolutely unacceptable”.
“It’s the equivalent of our population going from 300 million to 400 million by the year 2050,” he said.
“If we continue to increase this, we’re going to be in a situation where we’re losing a billion people a year.”
The problem is, there are some very specific foods that people should be eating.
Dr Koll said many people already were eating foods that were high in fat and calories, such as refined carbohydrates, sugar and trans fats.
“It has got to be a combination of foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients,” he explained.
“You need to be careful about the amount of carbohydrates you’re eating and the fats you’re consuming.”
What you need to know about the coronavirus:How to protect yourself against coronavirusesRead moreFood and nutrition experts from across Australia have recently been urging people to reduce their intake of sugar, processed foods, sugary drinks and processed foods that contain high levels of fat.
Dr Kevin Gulland from the University of New South Wales said the increased popularity of processed foods was partly responsible for the rise in obesity rates in Australia.
“People are looking for these products, they’re looking for convenience, they want something to satisfy themselves and that’s why people are starting to consume more sugary soft drinks,” he told ABC news.
“We’re going from 200,000 cases of obesity in Australia to about 500,000 now.”
Dr Kallistos Voudriou, head of research at the Australian Obesity Association, said Australia’s obesity problem was not unique to Australia.
There are more than 500 million people around the world who are overweight or obese.
“This is a worldwide problem,” he added.
“There are other countries where obesity is going up.”
I think we’re seeing an increase in obesity in the western world as a whole, and we’re probably seeing that in Australia as well.
“Dr Voudou said the increasing number of cases of coronaviral disease in Australia had a lot to do with the fact that Australians had been eating more sugared soft drinks.”
As the population has grown, so has the amount that people are eating, and the amount they are consuming in a week,” he noted.”
The amount of sugars in the diet, in particular, has increased dramatically in recent years, and that has caused a lot of the increased risk of obesity.”ABC News: Food and nutrition for the futureThe Australian Medical Association (AMA) has also been warning of the potential for obesity and type 2 diabetes to worsen in the future.”
More than half of people in the world are overweight, and in some cases they are more obese than ever before,” AMA chairperson Sally Davies told the ABC.”
Our advice is that if you have diabetes, and you don’t get regular exercise, or you don´t get good nutrition, and your weight is going down, then you should not be putting yourself at risk.”ABC Health: A new approach to prevention and early detectionABC Health | Latest news, advice and trendsTopics:advice-and-education,community-and/or-society,health,diabetes,prevention,obesity,southeast-asiaFirst posted February 01, 2019 16:35:20