According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director, the Asia-Pacific countries, which include the Philippines, are facing serious challenges from what he called ‘lifestyle’ diseases.
‘Lifestyle’ diseases have come about due to increasing changes in the people’s diets and neglect in physical exercises.
Western Pacific WHO director Shin Young-soo reported, during a regional meeting in the Philippines, that as many as 12 per cent of Chinese adults had diabetes, while as many as 50 per cent had a ‘pre-diabetes’ condition, meaning they were on the borderline of developing the illness. Compare this to only about 3-4 per cent diabetics in China’s adult population in the 1990s.
About 10 per cent of adults in countries like South Korea, Japan and even Vietnam also had diabetes, according to Shin.
Some Pacific island nations, among them Fiji, Samoa, Nauru, Solomom Islands, Tonga, etc., were found to be experiencing diabetes in 40 per cent of adults, while 75 to 80 per cent were suffering from obesity.
Traditional illnesses like hypertension and high cholesterol were found increasing, too, but not as alarming as diabetes and obesity – all products of fast foods, colas and sedentary lifestyle.
And, if I may add my own opinion, the lack of will power to fight electronic gizmos from controlling ones life, instead of making time to sweat it out somehow, especially if it is coupled with a job that keeps one on your seat eight or more hours a day.