January 3, 2014 | David

I'm lucky. Staying in shape isn't a problem for me. But the number of overweight or obese adults in developing countries has risen fourfold since 1980, to almost 1 billion.

I'm staggered by this statistic. I thought weight problems were an issue faced mainly by developed countries. How will healthcare systems cope? And what can be done to help people lead healthier lives, no matter what country they're in?

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A shift from eating cereals and grains towards more fats, sugars and animal produce is being blamed for the increase in obesity.

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Nafisa

January 7, 2014 at 10:54

I think eating junk food is really bad for you It can damage your insides if you eat it to much personally I eat very healthy and I hope you can eat healthy in the future too! :;(thank you

Tilly

December 31, 2013 at 15:36

This is facinating - could be fantastic in sport but would not be safe on roads

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