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Recession to blame for increasing obesity rates
By:
ThinkSpain , Tuesday, October 30, 2012

According to a new report, the  recession has caused an increase in obesity across the world, as families turn to cheaper, less nutritious foods.

The report, entitled "Generation XXL" and published by IPSOS, blames the worldwide recession for the increased in global obesity rates.

17% of those surveyed said that the main reason they didn't eat more healthy food was because it is more expensive.83% of Spaniards say that it is now more difficult than ever to live healthier.

The change has not been quite so notable in Spain, but in the UK, sales of lamb, fresh vegetables and fruit have dropped sharply, whereas sales in package products like biscuits and pizza, have increased steadily over the past five years.

Furthermore, sales of organic products fell by 15% last year, and 23% of consumers gave up their gym membership.

According to the report, 63% of Spaniards believe the Government should regulate the consumption of unhealthy foods. This percentage is almost exactly the same in Italy (64%), but much lower in Germany (43%), Belgium (39%) or France (35%).

The combination of the recession and our ever more sedentary lifestyles has led to a rise in the rate of obesity. In Great Britain, 23% of the population is obese and 61% overweight. 80% of Brits blame childhood obesity fairly and squarely on the parents, followed by bad eating habits or 'fast food'.

In the USA, obesity now affects 34% of the population and 75% are overweight in some way. The IPSOS report says that there is a direct correlation between obesity and people's educational and income levels.  There is a direct correlation between the quality of a person's education and their weight.

65% of the world's population now lives in countries where more people die of illnesses related to obesity than of malnutrition.

In a hypothetical situation whereby everyone in the world consumed the Earth's resources at the same rate we do in Europe, we would need three planets the size of our own to sustain this kind of consumption.

 
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