Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fast Food Popularity and Waistlines Growing in China

This eye-opening video shows how the rise of processed, fast food is creating a global health epidemic, and no one is immune. The Big Food Empire has already infiltrated the developed world and is now expanding its forces in developing countries, while destroying the health of consumers in its path.

That’s right, if you thought the obesity epidemic was an American thing, you were mistaken. More than 30% of Chinese adults are overweight, and it’s estimated that there are now more than 92 million diabetics in China—more than any other country in the world. In fact, even when measured as a percentage of the population, 1.9% of Chinese children between the ages of 12 and 18 have diabetes, vs. 0.5% in the U.S.

It’s great that the economic prosperity in China in recent decades has improved living standards and created a growing middle class, but their prosperity may have a hefty bill attached to it in the future—in the form or national healthcare costs.

Sound familiar?