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Globally, over 1.5 billion adults are overweight; 500 million of them are obese. One in eight persons suffers from chronic undernourishment.*

Globally, over 382 million people are diabetics, about one in every four of them is Chinese. The number of diabetics in China is more than the combined populations of Germany and Portugal.**

bzi_gro_glb_ve_524_hiGlobalization, rising incomes and a shift to sedentary work spur the growth of lifestyle diseases in developing countries, including obesity, certain types of cancer, diabetes, strokes and heart attacks. As global fast-food chains expand and cheap, calorie-rich foods become widely available, countries undergo a “nutrition transition,” changes in health, diet and exercise that accompany economic progress. This engenders a shift from curing disease to controlling and managing chronic conditions. Some nations suffer from the paradoxical double burden of inadequate nutrition and obesity.

 

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*”Obesity: a growing danger,” World Heart Federation, http://www.world-heart-federation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/children/documents/factsheets/Factsheet_Obesity.pdf.
**”Healthcare and Life Sciences Predictions 2020″, Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/uk/Documents/life-sciences-health-care/healthcare-and-life-sciences-predictions-2020.pdf.