Tipping the Scales

Processed foods and sugary drinks are now reaching even the most isolated parts of Latin America, Asia and Africa—upending traditional diets and expanding waistlines.

In places like Brazil, this sea change in diet has only added to an already dire situation of rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and chronic illnesses. “To put it in stark terms,” says Anthony Winson of the University of Guelph in Ontario, “the diet is killing us.”

An examination of corporate records, epidemiological studies and government reports, as well as interviews with nutritionists and health experts, sheds light on the global shift from underweight to obese.

Source: The New York Times

Thanks for the tip, Erna Morden!

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