January 2nd, 2013

Obesity is Now the World’s Biggest Health Crisis


Throughout the history of mankind one of the biggest contributors to disease and suffering has been hunger, starvation, and malnutrition. Since the dawn of the 21st century obesity is now a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disease and illness around the world. Currently it is estimated that 8 out of 10 adults over the age of 25 are overweight and about 38% of the adult population meet the clinical criteria to be classified as obese. It is estimated by 2020 – now just 7 years away – that 60% of adults over the age of 40 will be obese and 50% of this population in the United States will suffer from type 2 diabetes.New Data:Recently, the largest systematic effort looking at the global distribution and causes of a wide array of major diseases, injuries, and health risk factors was completed. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 involved nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries compared health data from 1990 through 2010. The results show something that was not hard to see. Since 1970, men and women worldwide have gained slightly more than ten years of life expectancy overall, but they spend more years living with injury and illness due to largely to the problems created by obesity, e.g., diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, etc.The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates. Overall, there was an increase of obesity by 82% globally in the past two decades. Reference:The Global Burden of Disease 2010. Lancet 2012;380:2053-2260.Sidebar:The Solution to Weight Loss Begins with PGX      Achieving ideal body is not about dieting or food deprivation, it is all about eliminating excessive hunger, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and increasing the feelings of pleasure and satisfaction from food. The key tool in helping people achieve these goals is the use of a newly developed matrix of soluble fibers known as PolyGlycoPlex (PGX®) – the most viscous and soluble fiber ever discovered. Clinical research has shown PGX to exert the following benefits:

  • Reduces appetite and promotes effective weight loss
  • Stabilizes blood sugar control
  • Increases insulin sensitivity
  • Lowers blood cholesterol and triglycerides