Did you know that being overweight and obese rank 5th among the leading risks for global deaths? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Unfortunately, this number is likely to increase over the years.
Obesity is defined as having excess proportion of total body fat. Analyzing your body mass index or BMI is one of the most common ways to measure or determine if you are obese or not. A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight. In the Asian category of the data from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, you are already overweight if your BMI is between 24 and 26.9. Meanwhile, a person is already considered obese if his or her BMI is over 27.
In the Philippines, a 2011 survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) showed that 22.3% of Filipino adults are overweight and 6.1% are obese. The prevalence of overweight Filipinos is expected to increase significantly by 2015, which means more health problems ahead. If this trend continues, it is highly likely that more will suffer from high risk diseases that could lead to death.
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