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article imageOne in three people overweight

By Mark Harradine     Jan 5, 2014 in Health
According to figures just released by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) almost 1 billion people in the developing world are overweight.
The number of obese people, classed as having a body mass index greater than 25, has quadrupled since 1980 when around 250 million people were classified as being overweight. Officially one in three people are now overweight and the ODI has called on the world’s governments to help change people’s diets and eating habits. Steve Wiggins from the ODI said that “Changes in lifestyle, the increasing availability of processed foods, and advertising have all led to dietary changes.” The ODI report also adds that the number of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes has seen a “huge increase.” The vast majority of countries with increasing weight problems were in the developing world, with countries like Egypt, Mexico and China seeing huge increases. However two countries, Denmark and South Korea, have managed to turn the tide of obesity. Both countries used different policies but both systems have worked. Denmark initiated laws against trans-fatty acids. Whilst South Korea started a public education programme 20 years ago warning people about the problems of obesity. "A few decades ago the government of Korea said we must encourage our traditional foods, which are low in fats and oils, high in vegetables, high in sea food and so on. There was a lot of public education, a lot of training, and a sense that Korean food is good for you," commented Steve Wiggins.
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