Thursday, 9 January 2014

Future Diets - the rise of obesity and other health problems in developing countries

Changing diets and accompanying health problems are the focus of a new report published by the Overseas Development Institute, co-authored by our Future Agricultures Consortium's Commercialisations theme convenor Steve Wiggins.

There has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of overweight or obese people in the past 30 years. Previously considered a problem in richer countries, the biggest rises are in middle income countries and the developing world.

The ODI report, 'Future Diets', traces how the changes in diet - more fat, more meat, more sugar and bigger portions - have led to a looming health crisis. It also looks at how policy-makers have tried to curb our eating excesses - with mixed results.

The report is launched on 10 January 2014 in London.

For more information, see the Future Diets pages on the ODI website.