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The World’s Got a BIG Problem

Global Obesity Rates Have Doubled in the Past 30 Years

The headline says it all. Scary stuff that shows obesity isn’t just an American epidemic, it’s a global epidemic.

Everywhere you look, you hear about the world’s economic crisis. People are losing their jobs, no one can seem to sell their homes, certain industries are plummeting; from the news across the world, you would think that we are heading in a downward spiral into a black hole of debt.

But what about another BIG problem, the one that no one seems to mention? It’s one of the biggest elephants in the room, yet it seems like it’s not on the top of anyone’s mind. The obesity epidemic is hitting the world hard. Three recent studies published in The Lancet (a British medical journal) and reported in The New York Times found that worldwide obesity rates have doubled in the last three decades, even as cholesterol and blood pressure levels have fallen.

If this all happened in the last 30 years, what is in store for the future? If people continue their habits as they are now, things will only get worst, and FAST.

“Being obese is no longer a Western problem,” commented Majid Ezzati, a professor of public health at Imperial College London and an author of one of the studies.

People in the Pacific Islands, like American Samoa, are the heaviest, one of the studies found. In developed countries, Americans are the fattest and Japanese are the slimmest.

In 2008, 5% of men and 8% of women worldwide were obese. In 2008, that number had climbed to 10% of men and 14% of women. That’s 205 million obese men and 297 million obese women in 2008 alone. That’s not including the additional 1.5 billion adults who were overweight.

In America alone, the costs of obesity are surprising. The economic costs of being obese can be as much as $4,879 per year for women and $2,646 for men.

Check out the video to see the other costs you may not think of:

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HUMAN Hosts 2nd Business Building Bootcamp (HB3)

New Healthy Vending Operators Learn, Bond, and Crush It!

This past weekend, HUMAN Healthy Vending hosted its second HUMAN Business Building Bootcamp, or HB3 for short. It was a blast!

21 different operators from across the country came together in Santa Monica for some intense machine training, bonding, and fun. You could feel the positive energy building as the days progressed. Everyone, from the operators to the Santa Monica based team, was pumped up.

The event started on Thursday with an integral question: “Why are you HUMAN?” Like we always say at HUMAN, the “why” is the most important question you could ask. Every operator is HUMAN because they believe in our cause and want to help the community, and that in itself is invigorating.

All day Thursday and Friday, the new operators crushed it with machine training. Saturday was devoted to location acquisition, the other huge part of machine campaigns.

Of course, we don’t just work hard at HUMAN…we PLAY hard too. We bonded over dinner on Thursday night, got our blood pumping on a morning Friday run, set sail on a tropical Tiki cruise Friday eventing, and embarked on a leisurely Santa Monica bike ride Saturday morning.

Thanks for making HB3 Round 2 such an amazing experience. Stay tuned for the next one coming in the next 4-6 weeks!

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Creating Healthier Communities, One Child at a Time

How NutritionWise is Helping in the Fight Against Obesity

We all know how important it is to eat healthy, but not everyone lives by such advice. Being healthy isn’t just about eating right, it’s knowing why you need to eat right. Also, physical activity and a healthy mind are all part of being healthy.

Knowledge is power, but it’s powerless until it’s used. It’s one thing to put healthy food in front of someone and expect them to eat it. It’s another thing to educate them as to why they should eat it.

One LA-based company, NutritionWise, is helping educate children about healthy lifestyles. NutritionWise is a private nutrition consulting practice of Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD, that provides a lot of different services. NutritionWise’s main purpose is simple, yet so powerful: For children and families to know how and why to make healthy choices.

We were able to talk to Nicole about her experience as a registered dietician and founder of NutritionWise. Check it out:

What are some of the services NutritionWise offers?

Being an independent nutritional consulting firm, we do a LOT of different things. We provide 1-on-1 private nutrition consulting for children who are underweight and overweight. We also give lectures in schools, work in day cares, etc.

What got you involved in nutrition?

My father and stepfather had two different health scares–heart disease and cancer. They weren’t given much time to live, and they changed their nutritional habits 180 degrees. They outlived their life expectancies by a long shot, and it really got me motivated in nutrition. I was Pre-Med and switched my focus to becoming a dietician.

What is your main motivation behind NutritionWise?

I am extremely passionate about working with underprivileged children, and I’m passionate about nutrition. Those two things combined are my driving force behind what I do.

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NutritionWise is helping in the fight against obesity by educating children and families about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition isn’t just about the here and now, it’s a lifelong commitment. Just like HUMAN Healthy Vending, we know how important it is to educate and increase access to healthy food. Healthy vending is one way to bring health and nutrition to people, but it isn’t the only way. Consulting firms like NutritionWise are essential to making sure everyone realizes the importance of health and wellness.

Here’s to good health and happiness!

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