Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least
300 million of them obese. Obesity and overweight pose a major
risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The
key causes are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high
in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity.
(World Health Organization, 2008a)
Every day, on average, more than 26,000 children under age five
die around the world, mostly from preventable causes.
(United Nations Children’s Fund, 2008: 6)

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