AS AQA Geography- Health: Obesity

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  • Created on: 08-05-13 20:08
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  • Obesity
    • Causes
      • Global shift in diet towards high energy foods that contain fats and sugars, but are low in vitamins and minerals.
      • Trend towards decreased physical activity due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Forms of occupation, transportation and urbanisation have lead to this.
    • Health consequences
      • Risk of serious health risks increases as the BMI of an individual increases.
      • Cardiovascular disease which already kills 17 million a year.
      • Diabetes- disease of affluence.
      • Some cancers such a breast cancer.
    • More than 60% of adults in the USA are either overweight or obese
    • China and the South Pacific have some of the lowest rates.
    • Preventatives
      • Reducing calorie intake and increase exercise
      • Limit fat intake to unsaturated fats
      • Increase consumption of fruit, vegetables, and fibre
      • Giving better informed food labels, getting rid of supersized portions and diet pills


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