Almost One Billion People In Developing Countries Are Overweight, Obese: Study

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Alan Dangour, who researches food and nutritional global health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and who was not involved in the report, told the BBC that as developing countries become more urbanized, peoples diets are changing. Sometimes, families living in the same household can have obese and malnourished members at the same time. “We need to act urgently to deal with the scandal of millions of cases of extreme hunger and under-nutrition in children, but we also need to think what happens if we provide lots of extra calories, containing few vitamins, and encourage excess consumption, he said. Processed food, the abundance of sugary drinks and sedentary lifestyles are largely to blame for people piling on the pounds, along with a preference for eating fast food rather than cooking traditional meals at home. Samoa Air, the tiny local airliner in American Samoa, sparked a controversy by charging passengers by their weight.
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The Healthy Obese, Real or Not?

A review of the studies that followed subjects for ten years showed that even those who were metabolically immaculate were still at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and heart attack. Focusing on people who were metabolically healthy, researchers found that the metabolically healthy obese had an increased risk for stroke, heart attack, and death by 24%. The different conclusion reached by Canadian researchers might be attributed to having looked at different data and long term outcomes. The new study suggests that excess weight can shorten the life span even if cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar are in healthy bounds. Good metabolic numbers are not enough armor against the ill effects of fat. The conclusions reached in the new study coordinates with previous studies that maintain that fat alone presents a risk for heart disease.
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