BBC News – Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world

This is an amazing MUST READ article from the BBC about the rise of global obesity. Check it out!

via BBC News – Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing world.

Personally, I hold the major food and drink multi-nationals responsible for the rise in global obesity and the related healthcare time-bomb. These huge organizations have massive marketing budgets, frequently targeted at children and peer pressure; this creates dependence and addiction. Most governments seem to be too weak to challenge these large organizations.

Unless there is concerted action, I fear an increasing percentage of millennials will die before their parents!

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, side view.Self Made Picture of an Obese Teenager (Myself) (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, Front View. Feel Free to use. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any thoughts on what can effectively be done to reduce obesity either globally or in specific high risk countries?

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Dr Alf’s Two Cents: Junk food still marketed to children as companies bypass rules | Life and style | The Guardian

This is a MUST READ article by the Guardian, citing a critical report by the WHO that David Cameron‘s UK Government is not doing enough to cut the aggressive marketing of junk food to children;  junk food, with high levels of sugar, salt and fats is one of the main causes of the explosion of childhood obesity in the UK.

Junk food still marketed to children as companies bypass rules | Life and style | The Guardian.

Interestingly, the article cites progress made by other European countries in implementing effective European regulations and the UK is way down the list, despite having the biggest child obesity crisis in Europe.

Personally, I think that UK Value Added Tax on junk food should be doubled to 40%.

Any thoughts?

Junk food copy

Junk food copy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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