For years we pointed fingers at skinny girls because they would have an influence on the dietary behavior of women. But have we forgotten about the fact that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980? And that this is causing major health problems and diseases such as cancer. We don’t want girls to stop eating, however we don’t want them to overeat neither.
In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults (18 and older) were overweight. That’s one quarter of the adult world population. Of that group, over 600 million were obese which is also a significant number. This number has more than doubled since 1980!
It was more difficult to find numbers about people suffering different kinds of eating disorders. Approximately 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, BED). Globally, anorexia nervosa is estimated to affect two million people as of 2013. Bulimia affected around 6.5 million people in 2013.
When talking about eating disorders, the first things that pop up in our minds are anorexia, bulimia and BED. But the past 36 years overweight and obesity have exponentially gained ground. For some reason we don’t seem to look at this as if it’s a problem. However, it’s one of the primary causes of cancer, diabetes and heart problems.