In recent years, obesity has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia. In estimate, more than 9 million Australians are either overweight, 5 million citizens of Australia are considered obese. This means more and more people are more likely to suffer from type-2 diabetes, more people will suffer from a premature death, and more will have other complications such as cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Why is this happening?
1. Calories are cheap. With the onset of fast foods being readily available to pretty much anyone, people have taken more and more calories, often choosing the cheaper (and more calorie-packed) food. A regular cola already has 203.4 Calories (851 kj). A single Hungry Jacks Whopper® with cheese provides 778 Calories (3,256 kj). Add in some regular fries (374.3 Calories or 1,566 kj) and you already have more than half the recommended daily Caloric intake for a grown adult for under $8. In fact, calories are so readily available that in some places, 1 in 3 homeless have become clinically obese from a diet of cheap chips and sugary drinks ( http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/homeless-obesity/ ).
2. In developed countries like Australia and the United States, people often opt for the yummier food regardless of the health impact. An old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, for many people living in developed countries today, an apple a day is a far cry from the junk we are putting into our bodies. It’s estimated only 50% of the population eats the recommended serves of fruit each day and less that 10% eat the right amount of vegetables. Why choose an apple when you can have gelato, right? Maybe because that gelato could be killing you slowly.
3. We are living in a time when we can sit in place for long periods of time and still prosper. We don’t need to go out and hunt for our next meal. We don’t need to harvest crops for ourselves. Everything has become so easy for us, so we’ve become lazy. This inactivity has definitely contributed to the growing obesity endemic.
We’re putting junk into ourselves and therefore killing our bodies. Often, we don’t realise how serious the problem is. More and more people are becoming overweight and obese, so we’ve decided to make fat the new norm ( http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/how-fat-has-become-the-new-normal/article4576071/ ). I think, it’s our responsibility, as global citizens, to try to get the population back on track by promoting how dangerous this epidemic really is and promoting better lifestyles. We can let others know that fat is not the norm, in fact being fat is killing us.