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  Fast food making the world fat
Updated 18 February 2002, 07.23
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Cheeseburgers and fried chicken might taste good but scientists say fast food is turning the whole world fat.

They say the double whammy of bad diet and lack of exercise is affecting not just the USA and Europe but the rest of the world, too.

In Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Polynesia where many people still don't have enough food, millions of others are too fat.

Fat epidemic

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British nutritionist Dr Stanley Ulijaszek says fast food is mostly to blame because it's so easily available.

Although it's pleasant to eat, this kind of food is very high in fat and sugar.

A massive one in five of the world's population is classed as overweight.

Experts see this as an 'obesity epidemic' sweeping the globe.

And you can't just swap the takeaways for salads; watching television and playing computer games are also being blamed for a rise in the number of overweight children.

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