I am a huge fan of Dr. Joseph Mercola, an American doctor who has taken the natural nutrition and lifestyle approach in his practice. He is a reknown lecturer in the health circles I follow. I have enjoyed live presentations by Dr. Mercola at health conferences that I have been fortunate to have attended. Dr. Mercola’s website www.mercola.com is full of useful information on every health issue imaginable. Dr. Mercola has a line of pure supplements, household products etc. too. I’m always visiting his site to read the newest newsletter and to research health topics of interest to me. This weeks newsletter is very interesting and needs attention by all. It is a scary reality.
You have probably heard that obesity is a huge health concern. Predictions are that obesity is expected to surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable mortality and morbidity and is a huge burden on the Canadian economy and that of world economies.
Forbes magazine ranked Canada at 35th on a list of the fattest countries in the world. (list compiled in 2007) The BMI or body mass index of 61% of Canadians is 25 and higher. A healthy BMI is around between 18.5 and 24.9.
You can calculate your BMI and figure out where you fit in to these statistics by doing the following easy calculation:
In Kilograms – your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared. Since height is commonly measured in centimeters, divide height in centimeters by 100 to obtain height in meters.
In Pounds and Inches – Divide weight in pounds by height in inches squared and multiply by a conversion factor of 703.
For example: using my weight and height in pounds and inches the calculations are 136 pounds and height at 68 inches my BMI is 20.7.
Obesity is a huge risk factor for chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.
In 2008, 37% of Canadian adults were measured as overweight and 25% were obese. In 2011 those aged 45 to 64 had the highest self-reported overweight or obese rate of 60%. In 2011 the overweight rate was the lowest in British Columbia at 30% and Newfoundland had the highest overweight rate at 40%
The international picture: Recent data for G7 countries (2009 and 2010) showed that the percentage of the population that was overweight or obese was the lowest in France and the highest in the United States. Canada ranked third highest. This is not a great ranking to be near the top of.
This little clip from Dr. Mercola’s recent newsletter, a short clip from the BBC puts obesity into perspective. It is a serious issue and is putting a heavy burden on the health system. (this clip is US based but definitely reflects the situation world wide) Now Canada is not mentioned in this clip but you can bet Canada is up there with the US. Just walk through a shopping mall on a Saturday and you can can see for yourself.