Thursday, September 30, 2010


PARIS - Obesity is becoming the most prevalent public health problem in industrialised nations, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Thursday, and called on governments to take comprehensive action to tackle it. Since 1980, when fewer than one in 10 people in OECD member nations were obese, rates have doubled and even tripled in many countries, the OECD said in a report released Thursday in Paris. “If recent trends continue, projections suggest that more than 2 out of 3 people will be overweight or obese in at least some OECD countries within the next 10 years,” the OECD said in the study, Obesity and the Economics of Prevention. According to the OECD’s website, one is obese when one has a body mass index (BMI) of 30. The BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of one’s height in metres. Women are more often obese than men, but male obesity rates have been growing faster than female rates in most OECD countries.

The reasons for the surge in obesity include: changes in food production that “have cut the price of calories dramatically”; changing living and working conditions that reduced the amount of physical activity; increased levels of stress; and longer working hours, the OECD said. In addition, obesity is more common among the poor and the less educated. These social disparities are also present in obesity rates for children, the organisation said. Perhaps not surprisingly, the problem is most acute in the world’s most prosperous country, the United States, where in 2008 nearly three in four women and two in three men were overweight, and about one-third of all adults were obese.

In almost all developed countries, 50% of the population is overweight. Figures concern in the United States and Mexico, where one in six people are obese. In Spain, one in three children aged between 13 and 14 is above its weight, making it the third country in the OECD having more infant overweight. We must learn to feed and be disciplined about the amount of food we eat.

We eat and drink with discipline, moderation and regularity, because our vitality and strength do not depend on the amount you eat, but on what our body can digest and assimilate. The stomach needs space to work, so it only should be filled two thirds of its capacity, leaving the remaining third for air. This helps a lot to digest. Overeating produces many additional toxins that the body should be removed with great effort. The antidote to overeating is to remove the following, that jataragni to digest the excess. Digestion begins with chewing. This preparatory phase is to mix food with saliva, especially starchy foods (bread, cereals, potatoes, rice and other carbohydrates). ... We must acquire the habit of eating slowly; savoring much more each bite, and then a healthy instinct will announce we’re satisfied. ... Eating in moderation will also satisfy and refresh the mind, and you seek a real harmony to your body. If you eat too much, overloaded his body is shaken, tired, and ultimately hinder your mind.

Yoga Inbound :
“Health Inbound” - “Nutrition Inbound”
“The Art of Eating - Eat in Moderation”
Radha Charan d.d. -

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