We are in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis. It is the biggest pandemic of our century according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It has so far killed more than 1,300,000 people worldwide.
In 1997, the WHO announced to the world that we were in an obesity pandemic.
By 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults – people 18 years of age and older – were overweight. Of these, more than 650 million were obese. Overall, about 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese in 2016.
In 2017, the WHO released this update: Obesity has reached the proportions of a global epidemic, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
COMPARISON OF TWO EPIDEMICS
Number of deaths per day in Quebec – all causes = 200/day. – per obesity approximately = 20/day. – by Covid 19: average /day since the beginning of the pandemic = 25/day.
Obesity and its consequences kill approximately 7,000 Quebecers annually. Covid will kill about 7,000 people in 2020 and thanks to vaccines probably for only one year. Almost non-existent resources to face the obesity pandemic.
Dr. Maurice Larocque He is a physician and clinical researcher in the field of behaviour and motivation of people who are overweight and obese. He is currently writing his 15th book on the subject.