North Americans – one third of the world's weight?: Obesity and the comma

Authors

  • Stella Dudzic

    1. Curriculum leader at Mathematics in Education and Industry, a national charity. Its aims are to advance the education of the public in the field of mathematics and to promote links between education and industry in mathematics.
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Abstract

One in three people worldwide is overweight – and it is not just a problem of the developed world. The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has almost quadrupled since 1980 to around 1 billion, says a report from the Overseas Development Institute1. The increase was primarily in countries with rising incomes such as Egypt and Mexico. A shift from eating grains to more fats, sugar, oils and meat has been blamed. At the same time, millions, particularly children, are undernourished. In the UK, 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese. North America has the highest percentage of overweight adults at 70%. Reason for shame? Watch not only your weight, but also your punctuation, says Stella Dudzic.

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