Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Globesity"--US Junk Food Industry Tips Global Scales

From RT News:
     From Mexico to Qatar, obesity rates are soaring to unprecedented levels. The alarming trend is damaging economic performance, as well as the health of millions of consumers worldwide...
     Thanks to NAFTA, there was a more than 1,200 percent increase in high-fructose corn syrup exports from the US to Mexico between 1996 and 2012, according to the US Agriculture Department. In an effort to place a cap on the high-calorie drinks, Mexican officials introduced a tax on beverages containing high-fructose corn syrup. American corn refiners, however, cried foul and the tax was voted down by the World Trade Organization...
     Yet another disturbing casualty on the obesity trail is tiny Qatar, an oil-rich Arab nation of 250,000 people that is also rich in fast food diets. Today, some 45 percent of Qatari adults are obese and up to 40 percent of school children are obese as well...
     "As fast as we get rid of all our traditional vectors of disease - infections, little microbes, bugs - we are replacing them with the new vectors of disease, which are massive transnational, national, multinational corporations selling vast amounts of salt, fat and sugar,"--Bruce Neal, professor at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, told the Indo-Asian News Service.
Read the entire article here.

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