Obesity Rates Soar In China, India And Other Nations

Obesity report calls for government intervention

Tags: obesity This is neither the website of, nor affiliated in any way with, Guardian News and Media. Obesity isnt just an American problem anymore. The obesity epidemic long-associated with the Western world is now extending its chubby arms in the direction of developing Eastern nations like China and India causing them to see soaring numbers of citizens packing on the pounds. In a report titled Future Diets, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) used data covering a period of about 28 years from India, China, and Mexico, among others, to demonstrate the trend toward obesity in developing nations. The ODI analysis revealed that between the years of 1980 and 2008, obesity effectively tripled in the developing countries examined, resulting in a total of about 904 million obese citizens. The ODI describes this trend as a veritable fat explosion. According to this research, India alone is credited with approximately 1.46 billion people now considered overweight or obese, with a national rate of those deemed overweight or obese of about 11 percent.

Countries with traditionally leaner populations such as those in South East Asia have seen obesity rates triple. And New Zealanders can't be complacent. We help make up the one-in-three adults around the world now judged to be obese. "It's the easy shipability of processed goods plus the increased availability of oil in particular, sugar, increasingly we are eating the same food," said Dr Robyn Toomath, spokesperson for New Zealand's Fight the Obesity Epidemic trust. And while the rapid rise in obesity in developing countries is alarming, New Zealand's obesity problem is just as large as ever. "The highest proportion of obese people still live in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, so we're still ahead of the game," Dr Toomath said. The obesity report is calling for greater government intervention and co-operation, saying "politicians need to be less shy about trying to influence what food ends up on our plates".