Monthly Archives: February 2013

Global Obesity – set to soar.


ObesityHealth experts including nutritionists and fitness experts have urged our policy makes globally to sit up and take notice. In Davos there is a world economic forum discussing the problems of today and what action should be taken. Obesity is definitely one of them. Currently there is 1.4 BILLION adults world wide overweight or obese. It is believed in 20 years 50-60% of the worlds population will be obese or overweight. At our current population that would mean over 4 BILLION adults globally will be overweight. I don’t know about you but I think this is terrifying. The ramifications of this is huge!


Effects this will have on us will be:

1. Sky rocketing strain on our health care systems. In Australia our hospitals already are struggling.

2. Dramatically decreasing the life expectancy to over half the population! Currently 2.8 million people die from heart related illnesses every year.

3. 50-60% of the adults are overweight what will their children be like – 80% of obese parents have obese children.


Linda Fried (funny surname given her profession) who is the Dean at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University said

“If this were an infectious disease we might call it a pandemic. It’s not regional, it’s global, it’s increasing rapidly, it’s continuing to escalate – those are the basic definitions of a pandemic,” she said.

The first step to resolving the crisis, the experts said, is overcoming the instinctive reaction many have to obesity – blaming the obese themselves instead of the conditions around them”

Some of those reasons are:

1. Decreased access to sport – sports fields being removed for development.

2. Linking with above greater urbanisation. Decreasing our communities means we walk less to a neighbour, school, shops. Everything is on line. No need to leave the house at all. you can get your food, clothes, games, movies all at a click of a button.

3. Junk food. Its cheap, its everywhere its easy.

It was shown at this forum that Americans are 32% less active than they were 40 years ago. It is thought that in another 15 or so years this will be about 50% less active. In China, in less than 1/2 a generation 45% of Chinese are less active.

This is something that needs attention.

Bummed out.



OK, I am admitting it. I am personally in a training funk. Dealing with injuries, surgery and recovery has taken a toll on me mentally. I am more moody, a little more angry than I should be and definitely spending way too much time on Facebook! The problem is, I know I can do more, train harder, train more frequently with greater variation… but here is the kicker. My body is not letting me. I can see a visible difference in my tone (particularly in my arms) from lack of upper body weights. Quite frankly it’s pissing me off.

I am doing as I am told by my Physio, doing isolation exercises and stretches. I am far better than what I was 12 months ago let alone 6 months ago. I know that this is a long process and that by being sensible in my training it will allow me to get back into training at full force at some stage…… but when? This is completely my fault, when my surgeon said it will be a quicker recovery I assumed less than 6 months.. foolish of me yes. I am impatient, I want to get going, staying still is not my forte.

I was walking with a client the other day and she asked me how my shoulder was.  I told her I was getting there but could not help but feel slightly envious of people on TV when I see them effortlessly lift their arms above their head. This made my client laugh. Her response was spot on. In the scheme of things, I am blessed, incredibly blessed. I have my family, my health and the most amazing group of friends. By writing my little rant down it is getting me to see that I need to put this into perspective. There will come a day when I can be the me I want to be… I just need a little more patience. 😀