Obesity in Latin America: Battle of the bulge | The Economist

Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is an excellent, MUST READ article by the Economist.

via Obesity in Latin America: Battle of the bulge | The Economist.

The article focuses upon rising obesity in South America because the “Big Food” companies are apparently getting increasing numbers  of people addicted to sugar, salt and fat.

The developing world is a huge growth market for US junk food companies. They use aggressive marketing, peer pressure by consumers and throw money at their critics; what consumers think is “cool” turns into an addiction and ultimately is likely to shorten their lives with health problems. There is ample hard evidence that excessive  sugar, salt and fat is causing a healthcare pandemic.

Last year, I was in China and I was stunned at the rapidly escalated obesity challenge, all because of junk food.

Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any thoughts on how to effectively halt the global growth of junk food?

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2 responses

  1. The only really effective way to deal with this effectively is for each country to bring in variable taxes on food,ban foods which have high levels of sugar,salt,aspartame,e numbers and fluoride (cheap teabags),bring in public education on nutrition and exercise and get doctors to put all overweight people on diets.
    Children need to be taught to exercise with vigourous sports and competitive games and exercise being undertaken first thing in the morning as well as proper cooking and nutrition.
    Doctors pay to be linked to beneficial health outcomes such as health,fitness and nutrition rather than the size of patient lists.
    “Little Emperor” syndrome ,prevalent in China with its one child policy and in some other places to be dealt with in the same way and perhaps less emphasis on Western diets with their high milk,meat and fat content and more on traditional foods.
    Latin America probably needs to adopt a more Mediterranean diet (the one that is healthiest and leads to long life) and not be seduced by an American diet which will make them obese and kill them.

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