Obesity is a growing problem world wide, even in developing economies. Check out this report from the OECD, “Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat – United States Key Facts” and “Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat”. Obesity has risen to the top of the public health policy agenda worldwide. Before 1980, rates were generally well below 10%. They have since doubled or tripled in many countries, and in almost half of the OECD 50% or more of the population is overweight. A key risk factor for numerous chronic diseases, obesity is a major public health concern.
The interesting, informational and disturbing chart below comes courtesy of Tony Shin: email@example.com from the http://www.medicalcodingcareerguide.com web site.
What has this to do with International Trade and Economics? Well, as countries and cultures we export/import not only products and services… but our values and vices as well. Some of the consequences of such are not ideal. Notwithstanding, as Deng Xiaoping is quoted in saying, “If you open the window for fresh air, you have to expect some flies to blow in.” Alas, along with growing prosperity and leisure time, we must deal with burgeoning waistlines and escalating diseases.
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