The world is getting very fat, very fast, and just when you thought the obesity epidemic belonged to the wealthy countries, it appears the epidemic has spread to the poor countries of our world. According to Globesity, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down either, with one billion of us reported to be obese by 2030.
Fat is being called the new tobacco. Body weight is not just about vanity, it is about life and death, with obesity increasing the risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.
So how and why did the problem of obesity explode in places that, not so long ago, counted malnutrition and even famine as major health concerns?
Well it’s about the same old thing, increasing wealth, changing diets, genetic programming and aggressive marketing by international food companies.
In this examination of arguably the world’s number one health issue, obesity – filmmakers visit obesity hotspots in Mexico, Brazil, China and India, where millions are gripped by weight issues and associated diseases.