Obesity Globally

The World Health Organization states that there are over one billion overweight adult individuals living on this planet, and no less than three hundred million of them are considered obese. These individuals are at significant risks for developing diseases, such as, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke. These diseases are a result of consuming, "energy-dense foods in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity." (World Health Organization, pg 1, 10 July 2010)

These diseases results in the rampant increase of the universal problem of persistent health disorders and renders many people disabled. At essentially every age level, obesity produces acute cultural, emotional, and mental elements that influence adults and children. This puts a huge burden on the medical community to address these health issues. This is especially true for nations with less monetary resources.

Obesity is an effect of too many fats and sugars and a lack of physical exercise. As other countries become more affluent, the rate of consumption of these fats and sugars increases, and the physical activities decrease. Individuals consume diets composed of a decrease in complex carbohydrates. Heredity plays a part in this scenario.

Current research has indicated that individuals that had less access to good nutrition when they were infants and early youth tend to be obese as they mature. These people acquire health problems, such as, high blood pressure, cardiovascular illnesses, and diabetes at a youngger age. According to studies, people appear to develop more different types of illnesses than individuals who never had to deal with hunger.

Obesity is a major concern globally and experts have not come to a conclusion on how to solve this problem. It is expensive for the medical community to treat and difficult for the individual who is experiencing the results of obesity. There has to be more emphasis on research and motivation to resolve this problem. Many individuals worldwide need help with developing habits of good nutrition.
Bibliography

"WHO | Obesity and Overweight." Web. 11 July 2010 ..

Pandemic alert around the corner ? Swine flu or H1N1 virus spreads globally in a rapid pace

Pandemic alert around the corner ? Swine flu or H1N1 virus spreads globally in a rapid pace.

WHO called for an emergency meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Swine Flu spreading all over the world.

WHO has escalated the alert level to 5, which is the level just below full Pandemic alert – level 6.

The Swine Flu is caused by the H1N1 virus which has claimed 21.940 humans in 68 countries so far. 125 people have died of the influenza epidemic so far.

 As seen in this map, the cases are spread over a most of the world at the moment.

Swine Flu Spread map - WHO

The experts are very uncertain how the virus will develop and whether it will mutate and change to an even more dangerous influenza variant.

 The table below lists all Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)

Country

Cumulative total

Newly confirmed since the last reporting period

 

Cases

Deaths

Cases

Deaths

Argentina

147

0  

16

0  

Australia

876

0  

375

0  

Austria

2

0  

1

0  

Bahamas

1

0  

0  

0  

Bahrain

1

0  

0  

0  

Barbados

1

0  

1

0  

Belgium

13

0  

0  

0  

Bolivia

3

0  

0  

0  

Brazil

28

0  

8

0  

Bulgaria

1

0  

0  

0  

Canada

1795

3

265

1

Chile

369

1

56

1

China

89

0  

20

0  

Colombia

24

0  

4

0  

Costa Rica

68

1

18

0  

Cuba

4

0  

0  

0  

Cyprus

1

0  

0  

0  

Czech Republic

2

0  

1

0  

Denmark

4

0  

3

0  

Dominican Republic

33

0  

22

0  

Ecuador

43

0  

4

0  

Egypt

1

0  

0  

0  

El Salvador

49

0  

8

0  

Estonia

3

0  

2

0  

Finland

4

0  

0  

0  

France

47

0  

21

0  

Germany

43

0  

15

0  

Greece

5

0  

0  

0  

Guatemala

23

0  

9

0  

Honduras

34

0  

32

0  

Hungary

3

0  

2

0  

Iceland

1

0  

0  

0  

India

4

0  

3

0  

Ireland

8

0  

4

0  

Israel

39

0  

6

0  

Italy

38

0  

8

0  

Jamaica

2

0  

0  

0  

Japan

410

0  

25

0  

Korea, Republic of

41

0  

0  

0  

Kuwait

18

0  

0  

0  

Lebanon

3

0  

0  

0  

Luxembourg

1

0  

1

0  

Malaysia

2

0  

0  

0  

Mexico

5563

103

534

6

Netherlands

4

0  

0  

0  

New Zealand

11

0  

1

0  

Nicaragua

5

0  

4

0  

Norway

9

0  

5

0  

Panama

173

0  

18

0  

Paraguay

5

0  

0  

0  

Peru

47

0  

7

0  

Philippines

29

0  

13

0  

Poland

4

0  

0  

0  

Portugal

2

0  

0  

0  

Romania

8

0  

3

0  

Russia

3

0  

0  

0  

Saudi Arabia

1

0  

1

0  

Singapore

12

0  

3

0  

Slovakia

3

0  

1

0  

Spain

218

0  

38

0  

Sweden

13

0  

6

0  

Switzerland

10

0  

0  

0  

Thailand

8

0  

6

0  

Turkey

8

0  

4

0  

United Kingdom

428

0  

89

0  

United States of America

11054

17

1001

0  

Uruguay

15

0  

0  

0  

Venezuela

4

0  

1

0  

Viet Nam

3

0  

0  

0  

Grand Total

21940

125

2681

8

 Chinese Taipei has reported 16 confirmed case of influenza A (H1N1) with 0 deaths. Cases from Chinese Taipei are included in the cumulative totals provided in the table above.

If you want to keep updated and follow WHO statements on a regular basis, then you should read WHO web pages dedicated for this purpose.

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/updates/en/index.html