Obesity Sparks Government Action/Snack Foods Get Healthier, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Obesity is increasing in countries throughout the world.  The problem is acute in the U.S., where obesity is unfortunately very common and has deep links to the high overall cost of health care.  Obesity is a much more serious problem than being merely overweight—see the box regarding “Body Mass Index (BMI)” that follows. A 2013 study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington found that, between 1980 and 2013, the number of overweight and obese people worldwide rose by 27.5% for adults and 47.1% for children.  The total global count of overweight and obese…

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