Interesting artcle in Irish Times on Wednesday
Causes of obesity:
• Obesity occurs when there is an imbalance between energy intake (food) and energy
• The overwhelming influences of obesity in 99% of the population are environmental
and include marketing, advertising, increasing portion sizes, accessibility and
availability of foods and facilities, increased automation and increased car use among
other factors2, 3.
strong Link to heart disease
Obesity contributes to high blood pressure, abnormal blood fat levels (affecting LDL and
HDL cholesterol and triglycerides), increased blood-clotting tendency and raised blood
insulin levels and type 2 diabetes mellitus4 The forecast puts Irish men at the top of an “overweight” table of 53 countries, matched only by Uzbekistan.
In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in Ireland, soaring from 23% to 57%.
The proportion of obese Irish men was expected to increase from 26% to 48% while the figure for those either overweight or obese rising from 74% to 89%.
FRIGHTENING FACTS!!!! Be happy you are changing your diet and lifestyle habits now..