As reported for months in the Trends Journal, obesity is one of the main risk factors attributed to death from COVID-19. This makes the recent study on worldwide obesity particularly relevant.

Of the higher income countries worldwide, the U.S. and Australia have the highest adult obesity levels. Indeed, one of our Top Trends for 2019 was “READY TO EXPLODE.”

The medical research company BMC Medicine published a peer-reviewed study on 4 August titled: “The role of overweight and obesity in adverse cardiovascular disease mortality trends: an analysis of multiple cause of death data from Australia and the USA.”

The study concludes that in the U.S., premature deaths from heart disease are on the rise after many years of decline. In Australia, while there is no increase in premature deaths, the rate of decline has slowed. Most notably, both countries are showing an increase in obesity-caused heart disease in younger demographics.

While the U.S. and Australia lead the world in obesity-caused heart failures, the study clearly shows this is a worldwide trend: “Recent evidence has revealed that cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rates in many high-income countries, after falling by up to 80% over the past four decades, are either declining at progressively slower rates or, in some countries, even increasing.”

This study also referenced a number of previous studies underreporting obesity as the cause of CVD deaths due to limiting reporting on the cause of death listed on death certificates. The reporting did not consider the risk factor of obesity – just the fact that the patient died of a heart attack.

Both the U.S. and Australia results were extracted from data between 2005-2017.

Worldwide Weight Woes

The WHO published the following data on 1 April:

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults 18 years and older were overweight. Of these, over 650 million were obese.
  • 39 percent of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13 percent were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 38 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2019.
  • Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Obesity is preventable.

TREND FORECAST: “Whole Health Healing” is a top trend this year and for decades to come. While many will remain overweight and out of shape, new millennium “New Agers” – those who are financially down and physically out – will be seeking new roads to find inner peace and self-satisfaction… that money can’t buy.
This will be a great OnTrendprenuer® opportunity for those with free minds to explore the world of natural healing remedies and treatments that are both easily accessible and affordable.
Looking good and feeling strong, self-confident, and self-reliant will be personal survival strategies for those wanting to move up as the world around them keeps going down.

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