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A report published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, says although hunger has been considered a major health crisis for years, new trends indicate another health concern is growing. Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries compared health data from 1990 to 2012 and found a major shift in global trends. Every country in the world, except sub-Sarahan Africa has seen obesity increase by an average of 82 percent. Researchers say the results is the health burden from obesity now exceeds that due to hunger, and the change is being blamed on lifestyles that allow people to become less active, while eating the same amount or more each day. The researchers say the problem has been slow to materialize, but will likely increase other health concerns in the coming years. Co-author of the study, Ali Mokdad, from the University of Washington says the increase in obesity is already claiming more lives, and causing an uptick in other health problems. He says, “We’re even seeing a large percentage of people suffering back pain now. If we lower the obesity rates, we’d see the numbers of noncommunicable diseases and pain decrease as well.”- -Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger, by Danielle Dellorto, http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/13/health/global-burden-report/index.html?hpt=hp_c1;Accessed December 14, 2012.

1 Corinthians 9:25 (ESV) Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

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