I’m Monique Evans with today’s health news.
Obesity is on the rise worldwide. That’s a problem on both the personal and government
levels. A new analysis indicated that increasing access to cheap food, especially highly processed
carbohydrates, is the primary culprit. Although many people don’t have enough to eat, many
others are eating too much of the wrong things. Dr. Ezzati and colleagues analyzed data from
multiple surveys from all over the world. The study included 19 million adults and data
from 1975 to 2014. Populations in parts of Africa and South Asia may still have low body
weight, but for the rest of the world, increasing obesity is a much bigger health problem. In
the US, for example, four million adults were obese in 1975. In 2014, 39 million adults
were obese. The health implications of increased obesity include increased rates of diabetes
and heart disease. For dailyRx, I’m Monique Evans.