Here are facts. They come from scientists and statisticians whose very reason for being is objective, accurate reporting, arming people to make good decisions.

The picture is very clear.

Collectively we’re like a lobster in a pot of water that’s getting hotter and hotter. The gradual change is imperceptible, it still feels normal.

But normal this is not. Alarm bells are ringing all across the world. It will be too late for many people unless individuals and governments make changes soon.

Obesity Epidemic

  • From 1980 to 2015 rates of obesity at least doubled in 73 countries, including Australia
  • No country on this planet has reduced overweight or obesity in the past 25 years
  • 10% of the world’s population are now obese, that’s 600 million people [1]
  • In Australia 63% of adults are overweight or obese, and 25% of children [2]

The Consequences

  • Overweight is now linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight, 4 million people in 2015 [3]
  • Consequences include heart disease (no. 1 cause of death worldwide), kidney disease, diabetes (fastest growing diet related disease in Australia), some cancers (biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking) & disorders like osteoarthritis
  • The impact it will have on today’s kids later this century has been likened to a time-bomb

The Causes

  • Exercise is a factor but many scientists believe our food choices are the main driver
  • We eat more processed and energy dense food, and less fresh food than ever before
  • Over 35% of our daily energy is coming from discretionary snacks and soft drinks
  • Less than 1% of our children are eating the recommended amount of veg each day [4]
  • We are losing basic food knowledge. 68% of teens don’t know where food comes from [5]

Experts say a response on the scale of HIV is needed, globally co-ordinated and at all levelsChange can seem hard, but it’s not in this case. It’s in the choices we make each day.  We need a lot of people – you and I — to make a handful of little changes.  And we need a few people – our elected representatives — to make some big changes.

More about that in another place.

  1. The New England Journal of Medicine, 2017. Funded by The Gates Foundation.
  2. ABS, National Health Survey, 2014-15
  3. The World Health Organisation, 2016
  4. ABS 2016
  5. Radobank, 2014