viernes, 28 de marzo de 2014

Scary truth about obesity in developing world

It's quite alarming to realize that the number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled to nearly one billion since 1980 because of this, The Overseas Development Institute urged goverments to do more to influence diets.
A quick fact, one in three people worldwide is now overweight, and guess what? this results on a huge increase in heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
Globally, the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese - having a body mass index greater than 25 - grew from 23% to 34% between 1980 and 2008.
A great part of this increase was seen in the developing world, particularly in countries where incomes were rising, such as Egypt and Mexico.The ODI's Future Diets report says this is caused  by the change in diets and a shift from eating cereals and grains to the consumption of more fats, sugar, oils and animal products.
A total of 904 million people in developing countries are now classed as overweight or above, with a BMI of more than 25, up from 250 million in 1980.This compares to 557 million in high-income countries. Over the same period, the global population nearly doubled.

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Source: BBC News

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