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Medical News & Perspectives
March 20, 2002

Epidemic of Obesity Expands Its Spread to Developing Countries

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JAMA. 2002;287(11):1382-1386. doi:10.1001/jama.287.11.1382-JMN0320-2-1

I have more flesh than another man, and therefore more frailty.—Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part One, III:3

Boston—No longer confined to well-fed, high-income countries, the epidemic of obesity is spreading rapidly among developing nations. From the streets of China to the Siberian tundra, people are eating diets higher in fat while becoming more sedentary—a sure-fire recipe for increasing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases related to obesity. Countries that can ill afford to deal with these illnesses are faced with the burden of understanding and controlling this life-threatening trend.

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