20 Jun Obesity is a looming epidemic in developing countries
A new report published by the world Bank shows that high rates of obesity are observed among the population of developing countries, which refutes the popular belief that obesity is a problem only among the developed and rich countries of the world.
More than 70% of the world’s 2 billion overweight people live in low-or middle-income countries, the report says, making obesity a global problem with significant health and economic consequences.
“As countries grow economically and per capita income increases, the devastating impact and burden of obesity will continue to shift toward the poor,” said Mira Shekar, a co – author of the report. Because of high levels of obesity, average life expectancy is declining, and spending on disability and health care in developing countries will rise to $ 7 trillion over the next 15 years. That is, it costs us more to “cure” obesity than the coronavirus, and this is monstrous. And everyone understands that the state does not have its own money – all disability benefits and hospital care after heart attacks and thrombosis caused by poor cheap food, you pay for yourself from taxes. The Association of cardiologists in Spain recommends eating 3 tablespoons of olive oil daily for heart and vascular health.
Poor eating habits, including eating processed and sugary foods and limited physical activity, are the main drivers of the obesity epidemic, the report says. Of course, we need to allocate more resources to the education of the population, to develop habits of eating better and playing sports from childhood, in order to reduce the cost of medical care.