Fi Asia 2018 took place at the beginning of this month in Jakarta (Indonesia). According to the organizers, the event keeps on breaking records not only of attendance but also of exhibitors. The health food market continues to grow in Indonesia at an accelerated pace motivated by the growth of the standard of living and the awareness of the population of the importance of prevention rather than cure.
There is an enormous amount of information and news regarding the risks of being overweight for your health, especially due to recent studies indicating that the prevalence has dramatically increased in the past 30 years.
Monteloeder is once again present in this edition of Vitafoods Europe, The global nutraceutical event, on May 15th – 17th. Do not miss this event that will take place at the Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland.
Two independent news reports, one from the US and one from the UK, published one day apart from each other, have recently caught my interest: the younger populations, including children and millennials/young adults, will have the highest obesity rates in recorded history.
The numbers are appalling. The incidence rate of obesity in children less than 5 years of age is at its highest, with 26% of them being overweight and 15% obese. Once a child is overweight, the majority remain that way throughout the rest of their lives. At 16-19 years of age, 40% are already obese. In the case of the millennials, it is estimated that 70% of them will be overweight before they are 40.
Excess weight has a terrible effect on their health and quality of life. Not only are they more prone to many health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver, but also to around 13 types of cancer. And to be at risk of these diseases at such a young age only makes matters worse, as the probability increases as time goes by.
This is a matter of grave concern, and measures must be taken to stall, if not reverse, the incidence rate. It is still not too late, we must take action by increasing awareness, promote healthy eating habits and physical activity. We must do this, for the sake of the future of our children.
Jonathan Jones, PhD
Product Development Manager
The numbers are frightening: around 40% of newly-diagnosed cancers are those associated with obesity. Excess weight contributes to increased risk of at least 13 types of cancers. Furthermore, the incidence rate of almost all overweight and obesity related cancers has increased in the last decade.
The prevalence of obesity around the world has dramatically increased during the past 30-40 years. In fact, over half of the adults in Europe and the US, and over a third in many Asian countries, are currently overweight or obese, and the numbers just keep on rising.
LET´S CELEBRATE! BUT NO CAKE, PLEASE
November 14th is World Diabetes Day, which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (www.idf.org) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to increase awareness of the growing prevalence of diabetes in the world.
It is of common knowledge that obesity is due to excessive caloric intake along with a sedentary lifestyle, with other contributing factors including genetic predisposition, sleep deprivation, certain pharmaceuticals, and epigenetics, among others. However, there is growing evidence that the gut microbiota, the microorganisms that live in our intestines, also play an important role in this pathology. Specifically, some of the functions that the bacteria are implicated in include digestion and metabolism, regulate energy production from diet, and participate in appetite control through the gut-brain axis. The modification of these functions can contribute to obesity onset and metabolic disorder development.
Metabolic syndrome is a growing epidemic, which if not treated can give rise to more serious health-related complications such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. It is considered that an individual has metabolic syndrome when he/she presents at least 3 of the following risk factors: