The Guardian today has an article on a new report on the spread of obesity in humans across the planet as a consequence of what is known as ‘Big Food’ – the mass production of junk food that are cheap, readily available and promoted vigorously by advertising, especially to children and young people. The USA no longer has the highest proportion of obese people – it has been surpassed by several other poorer countries. The World Obesity report has several graphs and a map outlining the epidemic’s impact in various countries. It calls for government intervention to tax and discourage the massively profitable junk food industry that preys on human addiction to the consumption of sugar-based meals , drinks and snacks.
The possibility of reaching the new Sustainable Development Goal of reducing obesity and diabetes by 2025 seems unlikely to be achieved given the entrenched power of the globalised corporate food and drinks industry.