Overweight and obesity are often seen as an aesthetic problem. Yet this is the least of the evils associated with being overweight!
On the contrary, obesity is above all a medical problem of great importance, because the excess fat promotes the development of several serious diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and several cancers. Considering all of these negative effects, one can only be worried about the dramatic increase in cases of overweight and obesity which currently affects young people.
The increase in the rate of obesity and overweight in children is already having concrete repercussions: indeed, for the first time perhaps in all of human history, children are suffering from hypertension or get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, two conditions that don’t normally develop until much later in life.
In 30 or 40 years: measurable catastrophic health effects
But it is especially over the next 30 or 40 years that the real consequences of this obesity “epidemic” will really begin to be felt, and people who have been obese since childhood will suffer from several pathologies as they age.
High blood pressure and cardiovascular disease: Obese people are five times more likely to have hypertension than those of normal weight, and they are often at risk for heart disease because of high levels of blood lipids, such as LDL ( bad cholesterol).
Type 2 diabetes: Excess fat causes increased blood sugar levels and, consequently, insulin secretion. When used constantly, as is the case with obese people, this system becomes exhausted and no longer functions properly, which leads to diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease which, in the long term, can lead to blindness or death of tissue in the extremities of the limbs, which must then be amputated. Globally, every 30 seconds someone has a lower limb amputated because of diabetes.
Cancer: Obesity is also a determining factor in the development of several cancers. For example, it is estimated that up to 50% of cancers of the esophagus, endometrium and kidney are directly related to obesity. This is
also responsible for 33% of cancers of the stomach, gallbladder and colon.
As can be seen, obesity is becoming a major medical problem
The devastation it is causing is so severe that it is increasingly likely that the next generation will have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents, not to mention the enormous burden they will place on the public health system. … It is therefore absolutely necessary to react to prevent this disease from mortgaging the future of our children.
Obesity, overweight: junk food and sedentary lifestyle
Several factors are responsible for the appearance of this obesity epidemic in young people. But none, apart from the growing sedentary lifestyle, play as important a role as junk food. But, instead of promoting a reduction in the intake of these products and a healthier diet, our society seems to encourage their consumption. Children are subjected to a constant bludgeoning of advertisements extolling the “merits” of products, each sweeter and fatter than the other and sold in gigantic formats. The increasing exposure to phone, tablet and computer screens promotes a sedentary lifestyle which is another major factor in weight gain and deteriorating health in adolescents.
Given the catastrophic effects of obesity on health, one is entitled to wonder if the time has not come for governments to put an end to this race by regulating more closely not only the content, but especially the marketing of these products, often intended for the youngest. It cannot be said enough, a good diet and physical activity have enormous potential for preventing diseases, even as serious as cancer.