The Economic Crisis as a Contributor to Obesity

NBC News: “The rate of obesity is climbing in some of the most developed countries, with women and the poor hit harder by the recent economic crisis consuming cheaper, less-nutritious food,” according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“While rates are rising as much as 3 percent a year in countries such as Australia, France, Mexico and Switzerland, they have been fairly stable in other countries such as the United States, Canada, South Korea and Italy.”

“Even in nations that fared better in the economic slowdown, certain groups of people, particularly women and those who are less educated and have lower incomes, were also more likely to be obese.”

“Rising obesity rates can also add economic burden as governments grapple with the costs of chronic conditions linked to obesity such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.”

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