“Globally, the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese – classed as having a body mass index greater than 25 – grew from 23% to 34% between 1980 and 2008.”
Although the increase of obesity has the theory of linking with income, there are also a number of other factors that causes huge health issues. Personally, I know a lot of people who do not have a very good income at all. One example is a student that I am a fan of following on Instagram (@healthy-not-hungry), and she uses her fine budget to bring out nutritional foods in her diet still, along with appropriate exercise.
For children, obesity today is becoming the ‘hot topic’. TV adverts often promote foods that are high calorie, low nutritional and stuffed with processed meat/alternatives. It is shown that ¾ adverts are unhealthy-related products, and if a child were to be watching TV for more than 3 hours a day are 50% more likely to become obese, or not understanding a healthy balanced diet.
The table above shows that the children aged between 8-12 are most vulnerable to the false advertisements of promoting foods. This is hugely significant due to them going through in this time the stage of major development in themselves. Making them confused on their diet during these stages can cause them to stop listening to the facts and possibly indulge in the wrong foods.