Why diet fads will not stop obesity epidemic

Opinion: While previously fat was demonised, today passionate arguments advocating restriction of carbohydrates are frequently aired

The scale of our worldwide obesity problem is difficult to overstate – The World Health Organisation (WHO)estimates that it has doubled since 1980. By 2008, 1.4 billion adults 20 and older, worldwide were overweight, and of these about were 500 million obese. It is not just adults who are affected, with more than 40 million children in 2012 were struggling with weight issues, accoding to the WHO.

The health burden of this is enormous, and sufferers have a hugely elevated risk of heart problems, strokes, diabetes and early death.

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