Investing Profits From The War On Obesity
The fight against obesity will be a major investment trend for the next 25-50 years, according to a report by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Globally, 500 million people are obese and 1.4 billion are overweight. Obesity is the fifth greatest cause of death, leading to 2.8 million fatalities each year. Worldwide prevalence of obesity doubled between 1980 and 2008, according to the World Health Organization. By 2030, 65 million more Americans will be obese if current trends continue. While its impact is well-known in the West, obesity is rising quickly around the world. Obesity in Europe has tripled in 30 years. It is growing rapidly in emerging markets as diets westernize. Brazil, where 16 percent of the population is obese, is on track to match U.S. obesity levels by the 2020s. Obesity has reached levels of up to 20 percent in Chinese cities. A quarter of Russian women are obese.
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