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Walking Improves Obesity and Global Warming

Public health experts suggest that people can attack them both by cutting calories and carbon dioxide at the same time.

The reality is that obese people not only do more damage to themselves than thinner people, but they also do more damage to the physical environment and to the climate – both through the nature of their diets and through their more sedentary lifestyles. With a growing reluctance to walk or cycle, the more obese people will become.

What people constantly forget in all this is that the food supply chain, in its entirety, contributes at least 20% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and probably more, depending on how you define it. Relatively speaking, obese people consume up to 40% more in terms of calories,

One suggested way is to walk a half hour a day instead of driving. It is accepted to us that if we do walk anywhere, even just that half hour a day, calories will be burned and thus a start to being healthier and cutting down on emissions. That is one way Americans…

Effects Of Global Warming On Health

A report of the effects of global warming on health published by WHO, has estimated around one million fifty thousand deaths every year due to global warming. Further it declared that each year five million people are suffering from health problems and diseases caused for this climate change. The rising concern over this matter has led many scientists and researchers to take a deeper look and prepare a plan to save human civilization from this onslaught.

Global warming has caused changes in temperature, ocean current flow, sea level, ecosystem, economy, agriculture, industry, settlements and related to all these – the health and living. Warmer world has created congenial atmosphere for the breeding and life expanse of various virus, bacteria and carriers of infectious diseases. Few evidences of global warming leaving negative effects on human health are:

– The vectors distribution of infectious diseases have been altered and increased.

– Heat wave resulted causing deaths.

– The seaso…

Can Obesity Affect Your Mental Health?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that by 2020, two-thirds of the global burden of disease will be attributable to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Philip James, a member of the expert panel and chair of the International Obesity Task Force, warns: “We now know that the biggest global health burden for the world is dietary in origin and is compounded by association with low physical activity levels. This is going to plague us for the next 30 years.” In early 2011, WHO reported that there approximately 345 million people worldwide who had a BMI of 30 or more (which is considered obese on the BMI index).
Why are obesity rates increasing?
The main reason obesity is increasing worldwide is a result of changes in diet and physical activity. The “nutrition transition” toward refined food and increased fats play a major role in the increase. Urban areas or cities tend to have a higher amount of obese people then rural areas do. This is mainly due to food bei…

Global Health: No More Business As Usual

It could be fair to say that there is no more “business as usual” when it comes how some view global health. While living among those privileged to have churches, clinics, or 24 hour convenient drug stores on every corner, linkages between developed and developing countries are seldom mentioned. However, these linkages demonstrate the minimization of the gaps between the two types, and emphasize the ever growing effect one has on the other.
I recall participating in a humanitarian mission overseas while serving in the military as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman, and awaiting the opportunity to use a payphone to call my parents back home in the states. Today, I can simply use my own cellphone with international capability, as well as use Skype or other software enabling video calls. Advances in telemedicine have improved medical response and have made possible opportunities for distant professionals to collaborate.
We celebrate nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), like Doctors Without Bo…

Global Health Challenges

Health experts believe that the present need is to address issues related to provision of public health and care facilities instead of focusing on disease specific problems. Investments from public as well as private sectors may be rising but the provision of quality health care still varies across the world. Besides the cost, there are several social, economic, political and cultural factors due to which provision of healthcare becomes a Global Health Challenge in many countries.

There are several challenges associated with global healthcare facilities. People who don’t require health care too often are the ones who enjoy these facilities the most. Whereas the access to basic health care services is very poor for people who are not financially strong. This chasm is being predicted to grow deeper in the coming years if equal distribution of hygiene and healthcare is not implemented. The fact that the rich often benefit from such services as compared to the low income group, policymak…

Swine Flu – A Global Health Concern

Swine Flu Swine flu does not occur due to eating pork. But, certainly the flu is highly contagious and is spreading throughout the globe. It is believed that swine flu is different from other types of influenza and was not exposed to humans earlier. Because of this there is no drug that can prevent causing H1N1. This is the main reason why elderly people, young children and people who suffer compromised immune systems are advised to be very careful so that they can avert from getting the flu, as the transmission of this disease is from human to human.
Swine flu was renamed as H1N1 to avoid having any direct connection to pigs, however it is identical to some flu and is proving sometimes to be fatal. The outbreak is serious and might become a global concern as many people do not have full immunity to this influenza.
Swine flu virus gets easily spread by touching contaminated surfaces, coughing or sneezing. This can result in fever, headache, cough, sore throat, sneeze, joint or muscle…