Fat Attack

Fighting Flab

Fighting Flab

A kilogram of human fat would almost fill an entire 1.5-litre plastic bottle. An extra 5 kilograms of flab is like carrying an additional 5-litre plastic bottle of fat on ones stomach or thighs. Frighteningly, every other person in Poland is obese. According to the forecasts of the World Health Organization, there will soon be 2.3 billion overweight people in the world, while 700 million will be obese. What is the difference between the two? Being overweight is diagnosed when body weight divided by squared height equals 25-30. Any value above that is classified as obesity. People become fat because they consume more energy than they actually need. This worrying trend has reached tragic proportions and the pandemic causes more deaths than Ebola. Every year obesity, or its consequences, kills 2.8 million Europeans, which equals the joint populations of Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław and Poznań. Being overweight can lead to diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. Obese people often suffer from lower self-esteem, anxiety and even depression. Investing in one’s health is certainly worthwhile as slim people live longer and are generally happier.

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