18 million Filipinos are obese and over weight.
Last year, obesity cost the Philippines well over 30 billion pesos, between 4 percent and 8 percent of its total health-care spending.
These costs are due to incidences of related noncommunicable diseases [NCDs] such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, as well as an increased rate of absenteeism from work arising from illness and poor health.
Obesity reduces life spans by an average of between 4 and 9 years.
Many children lack places to play. People who were obese as children are more likely to be obese as adults.
Obesity tends to run in families. It results from consuming more calories than the body uses.
Drinking alcohol can contribute to obesity, also decreased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. People have fewer physical activities now, and spend more time watching television and staring at their gadgets.