LONDON (March 5) - The number of overweight children worldwide will increase significantly by the end of the decade, and scientists expect profound impacts on everything from public health care to economies, a study published Monday said.
Nearly half of the children in North and South America will be overweight by 2010, up from what recent studies say is about one-third, according to a report published by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.
"We have truly a global epidemic which appears to be affecting most countries in the world," said Dr. Philip James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force and author of an editorial in the journal warning of the trend.
The percentages of overweight children also are expected to increase significantly in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Egypt have rates comparable to fully industrialized nations, James said.
[When the English came to the Americas, the Indians were inundated with diseases they weren’t prepared to fight against. Now, as the States invade other countries (metaphorically and literally), the disease of consumerism is spreading and – go figure – everyone’s getting fat. The ancient nations of the world must regain their national identity and the States must get a better one. Irresponsible parents have obese children: they shouldn’t be breeding.]