Until recently when US First Lady Michelle Obama brought childhood obesity to global awareness, obesity is one of the most neglected yet most visible public health issue. It is most visible because you don’t need to be a doctor in order to know if someone close to you is obese.

Perhaps the neglect is because of the fact that obesity is a complex condition with social and psychological dimensions. People don’t get offended when you talk about their diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. But tell them that they are fat, chances are they will stop talking to you. That, and many other factors made obesity a global epidemic – one that is starting the alarm the world now because of its serious complications.

In 1995, there were an estimated 200 million obese adults worldwide but as of 2000, the number has increased to over 300 million. Contrary to what people think, the obesity epidemic is not just in industrialized societies; in developing countries, over 115 million people suffer from obesity-related problems. Once considered a problem only in developed nations, obesity is now declared by World Health Organization (WHO) as a global problem since a 2005 report estimates that overweight and obesity are dramatically on the rise in low and middle-income countries. The WHO cited factors such as a global shift in diet towards increased calorie, fat, salt, and sugar intake; a trend towards decreased physical activity due to the sedentary nature of modern work and transportation; and increasing urbanization as the reasons why obesity is increasing worldwide.

WHO estimates that more than “75% of women older than age 30 now are overweight in countries as diverse as Barbados, Egypt, Malta, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States.” For men, 75% are now overweight in countries such as Argentina, Germany, Greece, Kuwait, New Zealand, Samoa, and the United Kingdom. The Western Pacific islands of Nauru and Tonga have the highest global prevalence of overweight, with nine out of 10 adults being overweight that is largely because of a culture that promotes it.

Today, more than 1 billion adults are considered overweight, at least 300 million of them clinically obese. WHO reports that “obesity rates that have risen three-fold or more since 1980 in some areas of North America, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and China. Economic growth, modernization, urbanization and globalization of food markets are just some of the forces thought to underlie the epidemic.

Author's Bio: 

Cathrine Margit Moller was born and raised in Denmark
She began her career in radio and television, and worked in that capacity until moving to Canada in 1998.

For the past twenty-six years, she has pursued a career in the healing arts at the same time, focusing on alternative health care and healing. By training under some of the leading wellness experts in the world, Cathrine keeps escalating her quest toward personal excellence, so she can offer you the best of the healing arts. This has included studies in Denmark, the U.S., Canada, and England, studying under leading experts in alternative medicine.

Her background in hypnotherapy is extensive. In 1999, she was certified Hypnotist by the 'National Guild of Hypnotists' and certified Master Hypnotist at the 'Ontario Hypnosis Centre' in 2000. Her work in hypnosis and hypnotherapy is diverse, and includes clinical use of hypnosis designed to empower her clients in areas ranging from the stresses and problems of their everyday lives, to past life regressions, and Self-Hypnosis training. She has also been certified as a hypnocoach by Dr. Lisa Halpin.
Her expertise also includes Somatic Healing, Reconnective Healing, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), NGH, and Reiki, all of which offer powerful but simple solutions to a range of physical and emotional issues. She also offers NLP, which offers additional access to identifying self-limiting behaviors. These techniques are discussed at more length elsewhere on this site.

Her Personal Mission Statement
Cathrine sees people as incredible beings of infinite potential, whom she can empower and guide toward fulfilling on their goals and their dreams. As an Intuitive, Cathrine knows the Universe and trusts it to steer her in the right direction. Her goal is to help people, and enable them to find their full potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her greatest joy is in seeing a person evolve into all they can become, on every level.

She looks for the miracles in everyday life, and uses them to connect strongly to the forces that enable her to tap into the forces that have shaped a person’s life. As an intuitive, she uses her abilities to uncover the old and unproductive patterns that keep people “stuck,” working with them to purge the unproductive patterns that entrap them.

Cathrine’s own life has had personal challenges that have informed and transformed her, the most significant being when she was diagnosed with apparent MS. Rather than regarding this as a limitation, she has embraced it and used for personal transformation. Working with it in her personal practice, she has not only brought herself back to good health, but has used it to inform and illuminate her life’s path