Obesity. Alarm bells!

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Latin America is seen as the emerging region most affected by obesity, a trend that will only get worse in the years ahead.

Being overweight and being obese have evolved into a global epidemic. Despite high and volatile food prices, Latin America, surprisingly, has not escaped this reality. According to the latest report of the World Bank’s Food Price Watch, the region is in a worse situation than other emerging countries with respect to this indicator. Projecting the growth of obesity, it estimates that there will be triple the number of obese people in 2030 compared with 2005, rising from 60 million obese people to 191 million. Brazil and Mexico are the most alarming cases, since they are in sixth and seventh place, respectively, in the group of nine countries in which half of the world’s obese people are found (together with China, the United States, Germany, India, Russia, Indonesia and Turkey). The list shows at a glance that obesity is no longer a problem confined to the rich countries.



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