Obesity Isn't All About Urbanization

Contrary to popular belief, the global rise in obesity is rooted more in rural areas than in fast-growing cities, according to a massive research effort spanning 200 countries published yesterday in Nature.

While rural quality of life has improved, it has also become less physical. And in developing countries, fast food chains are increasingly flooding the market with processed, nutrient-poor foods, the report notes.

But the modern conveniences that enable sedentary lifestyles aren’t going anywhere, so the core solution likely lies with food. Mexico has already gotten started with a sugar tax; in Chile, the iconic Tony the Tiger is barred from cereal boxes.  

The Washington Post

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