In the last three decades obesity has increased worldwide, both in countries with high economic income as well as in the less favored ones, and in all social classes. This is clear from the data of a report prepared by international experts in public health, which has published The Lancet, and also warns that the efforts made so far to eradicate the obesity epidemic have not worked.

The paper stresses that governments should establish taxes to tax consumption of sugary drinks, as well as measures that limit access to certain food products, with the aim of instilling a type of healthy eating in children. In this regard, Steven Gortmaker, who has participated in the study and is a professor of sociology of health in the Harvard School of Public Health, has explained that consuming sugary drinks frequently, which provide what are known as empty calories because they lack nutritional interest, can cause excess weight and obesity, and is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

In the last three decades, obesity has increased worldwide, both in countries with high economic incomes and in the less favored ones, and in all social classes

The authors of the study point out that taxes on tobacco and the measures to limit their commercialization and consumption have contributed to the fact that many people have stopped smoking, since many others have not been initiated in this habit so damaging to health, and for that reason they believe that restricting the distribution of drinks and foods that not considered healthy would also help fight obesity, especially in the case of the little ones.

In view of the results of the study, researchers urge the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations to collaborate with the governments of the various affected countries to launch initiatives to prevent and treat obesity , promoting among the population activities aimed at increasing physical exercise and modifying unhealthy dietary patterns. Among other measures, they suggest that programs on nutrition and physical exercise be developed within schools, and that the food industry also be involved in this change of habits, and commit to produce products whose consumption favors a balanced diet.

Source: EUROPE PRESS

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