4.7 What has caused the obesity epidemic?
There is said to be an obesity epidemic in the world and it certainly looks that way from the data (Figure 17).
Activity 9 Why is obesity so common?
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think-tank on international development and humanitarian issues. It reported that the number of obese people in the developing world tripled between 1980 and 2008 and, in high-income countries, the number increased by 1.7 times in the same period.
- What are the causes for this?
- Why are we getting fatter?
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