In This Chapter
Discovering the importance of balancing energy intake and output
Assessing health status through body weight and body fat
Controlling body weight
Understanding the risks of obesity
Exploring the impact of global obesity
One almost impossible-to-ignore trend is that societies are becoming larger. Yes, they're growing in population numbers, but they are, quite literally, growing in body weight as well, and they're growing fast. Alarmingly, populations around the world are doubling their obesity rates in only a few decades. Researchers now project that some regions around the world will have an adult overweight rate of over 90 percent! In those countries, nine out of ten adults will be overweight, and many of those will be obese.
Although body fat is essential for life, you must be very careful that you maintain a healthy amount and not gain or lose too much. An equilibrium must be met to produce the best health outcomes. As you discover in ...