According to the World Health Organization, there are currently 1.6 billion obese people in the world. At least 2.5 million deaths due to obesity each year in the world. And, nearly 18 million children aged under five years of having excess weight.
Seeing this phenomenon, ‘Reader’s Digest’ create polls ‘giants’ who interviewed about 16,000 people from 16 countries about their health behaviors. One of the results revealed that Finland is the country’s most aware of the dangers of obesity, so that this country holds a healthy state in the world.
In the era of 70s, Finland had a mortality rate from heart disease in the world’s highest. But not anymore. State health department is determined to belong to a healthy lifestyle campagin the productive age population. Campaign, among others, diet, exercise, and the dangers of smoking.
The result, for 30 years, the death rate from heart disease decreased by 80 percent. In essence, this program extends the Finnish population of up to 10 years.
One of the keys to making this a successful wellness programs, according to Pekka Puska, MD, General Director of the Institute of National Health and Welfare in Helsinki, is a community established pursuant to the challenge ‘Stop and Win’. In the cities in this country held a program if someone can quit smoking will get a prize.
This survey concluded that 83 percent of Finnish healthy lifestyles and have a weight-loss programs, such as diet and exercise, and not smoking. Result, the percentage was 10 percent higher than other countries. This is what makes this country belonging to the healthiest in the world.