Obesity Now Surpasses Hunger as a Global Health Crisis

We joke about it, but the affects of obesity are real. Obesity is now a bigger global health crisis than hunger, according to a recent article by CNN and the Global Burden of Disease Study (a culmination of health data from nearly 500 researchers across 50 countries).

Infectious diseases, maternal and child illness, and malnutrition are increasingly being addressed by immunization and medical technology; however, illness and injuries attributed to obesity are rising, says the article. Here is an excerpt:

The report revealed that every country, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, faces alarming obesity rates — an increase of 82% globally in the past two decades. Middle Eastern countries are more obese than ever, seeing a 100% increase since 1990.

And for the first time, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, stroke and heart disease top the list of leading causes of years spent sick or injured.

While of course we cannot single-handedly change the increasing impact of obesity on the health of the world, we hope that Gametiime will serve as a catalyst for many to live a more active and healthy lifestyle through participation in various athletic activities. It is our goal to make these activities discoverable, accessible, and a regular part of the lives of many.

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