Obesity: A Serious Problem Overlooked by Filipinos

A huge percent of the American population is obese. Recent statistics on obesity state that around 58 million Americans are overweight; 40 million are obese; and 3 million are morbidly obese. There is also an increase in people suffering from obesity related diseases, which includes type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer, gall bladder problems, and high blood pressure.
The statistics on childhood obesity is quite alarming as well. According to studies, more and more children are becoming overweight or obese worldwide. An estimate of over 42 million children under the age of 5 is overweight. Surprisingly, about 35 million of these children are living in developing countries such as the Philippines.

Obesity in the Philippines

Actually, this was a shocking discovery. In the past, undernourishment and malnutrition is a common case in developing countries. But according to the data gathered from the NUTRISTAT Protocol at St. Luke’s Medical Center (1999-2000), 34% of the total admitted patients are malnourished and about ¼ of them are obese. There was more overweight (2/3) than malnourished Filipino adult.

These results present credible evidence on how obesity is certainly a serious problem even for our country. As Filipinos further adopt the Western lifestyle and diet, as evident with the abundance of McDonald’s branches in our country, a part of our population inevitably becomes subject to the consequence of becoming overweight or obese. And more and more Filipinos are becoming subjected to this especially children.

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