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Martes, 26 de febrero de 2008 - 15:42 GMT
Obesidad en aumento mundial
Obesity epidemic

Dos mujeres con sobrepeso
El mundo debe afrontar con seriedad el problema de la obesidad.

The world needs to tackle the growing epidemic of obesity with the same sense of global urgency as climate change. The head of the international obesity taskforce, Professor Philip James, said that we needed greater political leadership at the international level.

This report from Matt McGrath:

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The scale of the obesity epidemic is such that the world needs a global pact on the best ways to tackle it. At present, according to Professor Philip James, an expert on nutrition, obese children outnumber the malnourished by two to one. This worldwide weight gain is sparking a marked rise in some diseases - the number of people with type two diabetes is expected to double to 366 million by 2030.

According to Professor James, there is no point in blaming individuals for being overweight - we need real political leadership to change the environment that is rapidly making the world fat. The fat content of food needs to be labelled clearly, advertisers must be prevented from targeting children and governments must encourage people to get out of their cars.

Professor James also said that new data from Scandinavia indicates that the weight of a child at the age of 7 to12 predicts whether or not they are going to die early from heart disease or other problems.

Matt McGrath, BBC News, Boston, Massachusetts .

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obesity epidemic
epidemia de obesidad

a global pact
acuerdo global

nutrition
nutirición

obese children outnumber the malnourished by two to one
el número de niños obesos supera al de desnutridos en cifras de dos a uno

sparking a marked rise
generando un aumento considerable making a sharp increase happen

diabetes
diabetes

there is no point in blaming individuals
no tiene caso responsabilizar de forma individual (a las personas)

labelled clearly
etiquetar con un lenguaje claro

to get out of their cars
usar menos sus automóviles (por ejemplo, caminar o andar en bicicleta)

predicts whether or not
predecir si sí o si no



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