Effects of Obesity in Low and Middle Income Countries
Chronic disease risk factors such as obesity and overweight are affecting low and middle – income countries in addition to the dilemma of infectious diseases and under-nutrition, specifically in urban settings.
Both under-nutrition and obesity exist within the same countries, communities and households.
This problem is a result of insufficient pre-natal care, infant, and child nutrition followed by the intake of high-fat, energy-dense, poor foods lacking the proper nutrients to sustain a healthy individual, along with insufficient physical activity.
According to the numbers on these graphs, the “chubby” population is disappearing and being replaced with either overweight people decreasing into the healthy weight category or people becoming obese or morbidly obese.
Projected prevalence of obesity in adults by 2025 http://www.iuns.org/features/obesity/tabfig.htm#Table%203
Global Dump Soft Drinks Campaign
In 2007, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations worked together to launch the Global Dump Soft Drinks Campaign at the Consumers International World Congress in Sydney, Australia.
This campaign has asked governments to require soft-drink producers to stop advertising their beverages to children under 16 and to require a tax on these soft-drinks in order to fund nutrition and fitness programs.
In addition to this, the campaign works to promote the marketing of lower-sugar products, selling in smaller portions, and ending sales of these beverages in all public and private elementary and high schools.
The following is an interesting video found on YouTube suggesting using large corporations such as Coca Cola to our advantage rather than disadvantage.