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Obesity has become a global health issue. According to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, obesity rates in the U.S. and Mexico are the highest in the world. Medical News Today reports that 2010 data indicate that 28 percent of all U.S. residents are medically classified as obese, while 30 percent of Mexicans are obese. A person whose weight is at least 20 percent higher than the upper limit of the healthy range is considered obese.
Causes of obesity in the U.S. and other countries include the typical national diet and nutritional profile and also lifestyle trends in each country. Many American cities and towns were built in the automobile era, resulting in fewer walk able communities in the U.S. than in countries with lower obesity rates, such as Italy or France. The health implication of obesity is quite alarming in the current dispensation. Obesity puts individual at risk for many health related sickness and diseases. According to Medical News Today, obesity increases risk of heart disease, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, respiratory issues, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and stroke. It’s estimated that an obese person will, on average, live eight to 10 years less than a non-obese person. A high obesity rate in the population of a country increases health care costs significantly.
The healthcare delivery systems can work collaboratively to address this global health concerns by initiating educational teaching in all the various areas to create awareness of the health implication of obesity. Teaching people to watch their lives choices as it affect their health and holding them accountable for their own lifestyle choice. Nurses and other interdisciplinary healthcare team is the stakeholder of this health concern. Nurses has significant role to play by teaching the patient the kind of food choices to make, how to read food labels, preparation and food combination and educating them on the health and cost implications of obesity during hospital visits.
Many countries have stepped up efforts to tackle the causes of obesity. Programs range from counseling by family doctors and nutrition specialists to information campaigns targeting children and parents. In Japan, employees have their waist size measured as part of a compulsory health promotion program organized by their insurance fund. In the UK and Korea, national programs have been launched to reduce the salt and Trans fat contents of foods.