World Health Statistics 2012 report released 16 May 2012
Once a year the World Health Organization releases its findings based on the health of the world and various disease rates from data covering 194 countries. This year, as predicted, the growth of preventable diseases continued unabated.
Here are the very sad lowlights:
- In every region of the world, obesity doubled between 1980 and 2008
- One in three adults worldwide has raised blood pressure
- One in 10 suffers from diabetes
- In Africa, more than 40% of adults in many countries are estimated to have high blood pressure
- One third of populations in some Pacific Island countries have high blood pressure
- Half a billion people or 12% of the world’s population, are considered obese
- Non-communicable diseases (NCDs, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and most cancers) now cause almost two thirds of all deaths worldwide
- The highest obesity levels are in the Americas, with 26% of adults suffering from obesity
The lowest obesity levels are in the South-East Asian region, where only 3% of the population is obese.
What do they do in most Asian countries differently to us?
Is it genetic? No.
They eat differently (mostly plants) and they live a different lifestyle (they move most of the time).