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Obesity is Out of Control

A senior World Health Organization official warned that governments must take urgent action against obesity or it will soon be too late. More than 1 billion people are obese worldwide -- nearly one in six people -- enough to threaten a generation of children, and risk bankrupting nations that fail to act early enough. Suggested solutions reported at the 10th International Congress on Obesity included:

  • Eliminating government agricultural subsidies that kept sugary, fatty foods cheaper than fruit and vegetables.
  • Educating the public and politicians about the causes of obesity.
  • A total ban on advertising of junk food to children.
  • Involving the food and sugary drinks industries, which many see as the root of the problem.

But don't wait for a new government agenda if you or your child is overweight or obese, you can take the steps to getting healthy on your own, starting with some basic lifestyle changes.

Yahoo News September 8, 2006