‘’Obesity is extremely common and that, as in other industrial countries, it is probably the most widespread form of malnutrition.” International Conference on Obesity
The idea that obesity is a kind of malnutrition is not a new one, and there has always been a connection between the two. According to various researchers, the increased number of calories is a source of causing obesity while having a deficiency of the essential nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, and trace elements.
Based on the statistically significant findings, heaviest children are actually the ones consuming the minimum amount of dietary fiber. Moreover, these children also have a deficiency of iron, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients.
Lay Workers Obese but Malnourished, Study Says
According to a survey of lay workers conducted in 2000, the majority of study participants were obese or overweight. Yet with their intake of excess calories, these workers were found to have a deficiency is vitamin A, thiamin B1, as well as a poor ratio of minerals. The researchers concluded that unbalanced nutrition along with poor energy were the main factors that influenced the prevalence of obesity and excess weight among the study participants.
The data published from the NHANES survey tells us that for the last few decades the intake of protein, fats, and oil by our bodies has remained almost stable. However, the intake of carbohydrates has increased to a large extent, yet the deficiency of critical nutrients is increasing in the population. Due to this deficiency, the majority of people fail to meet the requirements for potassium, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin A, C, D, and E.
Homeless Population at Risk for Malnutrition and Obesity
In earlier days, malnutrition was embodied by emaciation, whereas now, it is far more likely to be hidden in the folds of fat. According to a recent survey, obesity is the new malnutrition of the homeless population. Whereas obesity was once regarded as a sign of wealth, it is now generally tracked with poverty. Poorer people are more likely to be obese and overweight.
A new study shows that almost one in three homeless people in Boston are clinically obese. According to a medical record of over 5,600 homeless men and women, only 1.6 percent was found to be underweight. According to a rough estimate, almost one-third fell in the category of average weighted people, and about 66 percent were overweight. This study showed that approximately 32 percent people of this homeless population were formally obese.
According to nutritionists, homeless people are normally under a lot of stress, which causes high cholesterol level and ultimately obesity. The global studies on this issue prove that there is a relation between malnutrition and obesity. The increased availability of low-cost, nutrient poor, and high calorie foods is one of the main causes of obesity as well as malnutrition. Experts conclude that while you can buy calories cheaply, nutrition is not so cheap.