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Obesity Continues to Threaten World

"The world now has more fat people than hungry ones, according to World Health Organisation figures."

So reports in an article surprisingly entitled, "
Five-year-old girls worried about weight, obesity conference told."

Not surprisingly, obesity is linked to depression as well as a myriad forms of dissatisfaction.

Chairman of one conference quoted in the piece denoted the problem, "this insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity now engulfing the entire world".

The full quote from another source is:

""This insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity is now engulfing the entire world," Paul Zimmet, chairman of the meeting of more than 2,500 experts and health officials, said in a speech opening the weeklong International Congress on Obesity. "It's as big a threat as global warming and bird flu." Zimmet, a diabetes expert at Australia's Monash University, said there are now more overweight people in the world than the undernourished, who number about 600 million....The World Health Organization says more than 1 billion adults are overweight and 300 million of them are obese, putting them at much higher risk of diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.

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