Home World & People Fast Food Piles On Pounds For The World’s Wealthy

Fast Food Piles On Pounds For The World’s Wealthy

The saying goes you are what you eat – and the wealthier you are the fatter you are likely to be if you eat a lot of fast food meals, according to a report from the World Health Organisation.

The WHO is calling for governments to tackle obesity by cracking down on the proliferation of fast food outlets.

Doctors claim that having more money to spend leads to people buying more fast food – and these ultra-processed foods are triggering an epidemic of obesity worldwide.

The report links the opening of fast-food outlets with improving economies and worsening health.

Researchers plotted the number of outlets opening worldwide between 1999 and 2008 in 25 countries with the highest income per head.

Countries with the most obesity problems

The figures were them compared with body mass index (BMI) data from the same countries over the same period. The BMI is a measure of obesity.

The report revealed that countries where people earned more had a faster growth of fast-food outlets coupled with increasing obesity.

Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand all showed faster growth rates on both counts.

On average BMI showed waists expanded from a BMI of 25.8 to 26.4 over the period. Anyone with a BMI of 25 is considered overweight.

Lots of BMI calculators are available on the internet to test your own weight.

One of the most accurate and easiest to use is on the BBC web site.

The web site says many people suspect they are overweight as their clothes get tighter with a BMI between 25 and 29.9. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

“By then, that extra weight will have begun to damage blood vessels, the hormone system and joints.”

Risk of disease

Having a high BMI can increase the risk of diseases like:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Infertility
  • Asthma
  • Cancer

The report concluded fat and calories in fast-food meals can lead to obesity.

“Although we cannot exclude the possibility of measurement errors, factors other than calories and fat content may explain why fast food makes people fat,” the report said.

“Researchers need to investigate the effects of long-term eating of fast foods produced from the meat of animals fed on corn, kept in confinement and exposed to excessive fertilisation.”

The report suggested that governments should discourage people from eating fast food while more investigations are carried out and to see if eating less fast food reduced obesity problems.

Hasan Rezazadeh
Hasan Rezazadeh
Rezazadeh born on 1990 in Tehran. He graduated from the state university of Amir Kabir. He used to study criminology in university and has helped several courts and lawyers. He has also worked for local start ups and his previous articles were published in national publications. Currently he works as a lawyer assistant and Rezazadeh contributes to Pars Herald. City: Tehran Phone Number: +989107193380 Email: Hasan {at} ParsHerald.com Name in Persian: حسن رضازاده

Stay Connected


Must Read

How Safe Is A Visit To The Caribbean?

Expats, tourists and business people visiting the Caribbean may well worry about their safety after a seemingly endless series of warnings and alerts over...

How Safe Is A Visit To The Caribbean?

Expats, tourists and business people visiting the Caribbean may well worry about their safety after a seemingly endless series of warnings and alerts over...

Periodic Table Is Elementary For Scientists

Scientists are in their element as they celebrate the 150thanniversary of the periodic table. The table has tortured physics and chemistry students trying to learn...

World’s Top Earning Footballers

As World Cup 2014 approaches in Brazil, the soccer world is talking about who will turn out as the best players of the tournament. Many...

Related News

Brad Pitt’s All At Z With Zombie Doomsday Flick

Brad Pitt finds himself facing hordes of flesh-eating zombies in the self-proclaimed doomsday blockbuster World War Z. The question is does investing millions of dollars...

Underwater Hotels Sink Without Trace

The concept of investing in underwater hotels seems to have sunk without trace without a single project so far getting past the planning stage. The...

Final Medal Count for the Sochi Olympics

The Winter Olympics has finally come to a humorous close and the final medal count is in. As some of you may recall the Sochi...

Fund’s $90 Billion Fossil Fuel Stake Goes Up In Smoke

Failing to spot trends and lagging the market can backfire on even the biggest institutional investors. Climate change and the switch away from fossil fuels...

FTSE Powers To New Record High

Pension savers can breathe a sigh of relief as the FTSE100 nudged back over the previous record high to close at 7787 points. That’s was...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here