“Are you drinking yourself sick?” South Africans were asked. The answer: A resounding yes. On Sunday, April 1, South Africa will become the first country in Africa to implement an excise tax on sugary drinks in an attempt to stem the country’s growing obesity and diabetes…

Jaime Sepulveda lives global health. A veteran of senior health posts in Mexico’s government and a leadership position at the Gates Foundation, Sepulveda designed Mexico’s universal vaccination program and founded the country’s National AIDS Council. (An HIV/AIDS clinic in…

Developing countries used to fighting hunger must now shift gears to tackle obesity as their economies grow. Growing economies—particularly in quickly-urbanizing Asia and Africa—must control the collateral damage of convenience, write Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley. The…

Argentina, where beef is typically what’s for dinner—and breakfast, and lunch—has introduced Vegan Mondays.  

Argentina, where beef is typically what’s for dinner—and breakfast, and lunch—has introduced Vegan Mondays.  

World Obesity Day this year comes with disturbing figures on the rise of the condition that afflicts 124 million children and teens. Medical expenses for health effects related to obesity—including type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer—across the globe could top £920 billion…

KFC’s growing footprint on Ghana has its public health officials worried. As offshore oil brings greater wealth to their country, Ghanaians are embracing fast food. Obesity prevalence is now 13.6%—a 650% jump since 1980, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and…

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…

Saudi Arabia has nearly 16,000 patients in renal failure, with 60% on dialysis and 6,000 awaiting kidney transplants. Kamil Salamah of the Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association cites the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among Saudis as the main reason behind the…

More than 1/2 of people in all but 3 Latin American and Caribbean nations are overweight, according to a recent report by PAHO and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.