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Planet dies of obesity

August 19 2006

Every day the number of overweight people is increasing and may have blocked the number of hungry people. By the conclusion reached by a number of American experts.

A prominent scientist from the University of North Carolina, Barry Popkin, said that to date, with the problem of obesity can not deal with whether poor or rich countries.

According to American sociologists, the total number of overweight people has reached to the 2002nd year, 1 billion people. If this is translated into the share and interest then get 1 / 6 and 17% respectively, and this despite the fact that the number of hungry people is also quite a serious figure - about 800 million. But the total is growing, and less hungry.

As it became known to scientists, and obesity in our days more and more suffering is not so much rich as the poorest people, and the problem of excess weight is becoming more serious for people in rural areas.

"Obesity is the norm throughout the world, while malnutrition is still a problem in some countries can not be called dominant disorder" - says Popkin.

Speaking at a special conference in Australia, Popkin, told the audience that the main cause of obesity is a general decrease in physical activity, population and unhealthy diet.

Thus, the most striking example occurring worldwide processes of obesity is China. Scientists theorize that in this communist country, increasingly reject the traditional Chinese diet of cereal, replacing it with meat. In the 21 century, people increasingly use the road, watching TV and all the less exercise, and exercise.

In his speech, Popkin called on governments to seriously address the "fat" problem. In his view, people can encourage a healthy lifestyle by adjusting the price of food.

"If we collect money for every calorie contained in soft drinks, people will be less than their drink - logical reasoning Popkin.

View colleagues confirmed, another American scholar, professor at the University of Minnesota Benjamin Sinauer. He tried to compare the lifestyles of modern Americans and Japanese.

"The average Japanese person spends on food 23% of their income in the U.S. the figure is only 14%," - he says.

Senauer believes that impose a direct tax on food in the U.S. it would be dangerous from a political point of view. But this "reef" can be avoided by reducing agricultural subsidies - a major cause of cheap American food.

Senauer said that in addition to proper diet and exercise are needed.


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