There’s a suprising connection to obesity we haven’t even considered | World Economic Forum

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WEF warns that trade and investment agreements can increase consumption of unhealthy foods, sugary drinks and tobacco – leading to soaring rates of obesity and chronic diseases globally.

Source: There’s a suprising connection to obesity we haven’t even considered | World Economic Forum

As US adult obesity levels reach 40% and the CDC warns that 40% of cancers linked to obesity, the WEF rightly targets tobacco, unhealthy foods and alcohol products. WEF reports that alongside physical inactivity, consumption of these products is one of the main drivers of non-communicable deseases (NCDs).

Having travelled extensively in the developing world, I’ve seen first hand the correlation between increased trade and higher consumption of junk food and alcohol.

Unfortunately, the tabacco, food and drinks industry has a very poweful lobby and governments are way behind the curve with effective intervention.

Thoughts?

5 charts that reveal how bad child inequality is in the rich world | World Economic Forum

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WEF reports that some of the richest countries in the world are failing their children, with unacceptable levels of inequality.

Source: 5 charts that reveal how bad child inequality is in the rich world | World Economic Forum

See how your country rates, you might be in for a surprise.

Whilst this graphical representation gives us an overview, it fails to address the complexity of the challenge which includes immigration and relative rates of breeding within certain segments of society in each country.

Thoughts?