In the last couple for decades, obesity has become one of the most important problems that adults have to understand, overcome and conquer. Since 2010, a great deal of effort has been made in order to various kinds of policies on healthy eating. Documentaries, local meetings with nutritionists, free of charge consultations, nutrition books given away for beneficial purposes – nothing seems to help: only one out of four countries respond to this approach, worldwide. The Lancet has publish a six-part series that have an unanimous vote for the way in which people react to the obesity epidemic that is going on around the world in general. The magazine’s editors believe that the progress of the fight against obesity is “unacceptably slow” and they want to raise the awareness as soon as possible. However, the good news is that child obesity has reduced in several cities or countries, but on a population-wide level, no country has succeeded in making a considerable change. At the hours, a child in the United States weighs 5 kg more than children of the same age have weighed 30 years ago. Additionally, one out of three children end up suffering from obesity until they reach the adolescence.
The opinion of Dr. Tim Lobstein from the World Obesity Federation, co-author of the series believes that fat children are an investment in future sales, taking into consideration that they build their condition while developing food addictions that are very important for the food business anywhere.
“Undernutrition and overnutrition have many common drivers and solutions, so we need to see an integrated nutrition policy that tackles both these issues together to promote healthy growth for children.”
Low and middle-income countries are in danger of raising their children become incomplete or unable to reach their natural height or weight, because of obesity that is caused by a large amount of food that is empty in vitamins and minerals that help children grow and develop. More than a fifth of children under 5 years old are affected by this situation.
Taking into consideration only this point, the authors report that the global market for processed infant foods is expected to be worth $19 billion in 2015, up from $13.7 billion in 2007.
Series lead author, Prof. Boyd Swinburn from the University of Auckland, New Zealand says that:
“”The key to meeting WHO’s target to achieve no further increase in obesity rates by 2025 will be strengthening accountability systems to support government leadership, constraining the role of the food industry in the formation of public policy, and encouraging civil society to create a demand for healthy food environments.”
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