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into developing countries as well," reports the British medical journal The Lancet. It
noted that nutrition experts now warn of "a global epidemic" of obesity-related
diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular disease...READ
With a tripling of the number of overweight men and a doubling of the number of
overweight women in China in the past eight years, hypertension rates there are now
similar to those in the United States. More than half of all newly diagnosed cases of
diabetes occur in India and China. The diabetes level in Egypt is equal to that of the
United States, and half the women in the country are now overweight. Mexico has
had a rapid rise in obesity across all levels of society in every area of the country,
with a consequent rise in diabetes. Even in very poor sub-Saharan African countries,
obesity and diabetes are rising.
Although a diet of fatty fast foods may account for obesity in some countries, a major
cause is that many manufacturers now add more sugar to foods "to make them
taste better." Additionally, Asian and African diets include more edible oils, with the
consequent extra calories. Advanced technology in factories and in agriculture
means that less physical labor is required to produce goods. People want to work
less and have more leisure time. Now that computers and television are so popular,
workers get less exercise, and "email has signalled the end of message-carrying
and getting up to talk to colleagues."
Since obesity is rising rapidly among schoolchildren too, especially in areas where
recreation and physical activity have been reduced, there is an urgent need for
teachers to be aware of the relationship between nutrition and academic
performance. Gail Harrison, of the School of Public Health, University of California,
warns that in addition to local prevention strategies, "a common agenda for
prevention on a global basis, with the associated development of policy, expertise,
and infrastructure, is essential" to cope with the epidemic of obesity and its