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. According to the World Population Review, approximately 2.1 billion people were obese as of 2016 (about 30% of the global population).  More than 3 million people die per year from obesity related conditions.  The global obesity rate has tripled since 1975. Numbers from the U.S. CDC (Centers…

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