14 Mar '12, 5pm

US-style 'obesogenic' diet being exported to poor countries, says UN expert

US-style 'obesogenic' diet being exported to poor countries, says UN expert

While obesity is firmly embedded in countries like the US, UK and Europe with as much as 40 per cent of the population classified as obese, the rates are set to rise in poorer countries previously unaffected by the obesity epidemic. In these countries, traditional healthy diets, made up of grains, beans, vegetables, fresh fruit and animal products are being replaced by more processed and junk foods high in saturated fats, salt and sugar. According to a report from UN food advisor Olivier De Schutter, the shift has reduced the opportunities for local farmers to sell their produce, who lose out to agribusiness giants dominating the global trade in unhealthy foods. What's more, the same countries are often found to be exporting healthy fruits and vegetables to rich countries and importing expensive processed foods in their place, backed up by heavy advertising by global food ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1282768/us...

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