Monday, September 04, 2006

 

Evolution, not just gluttony, led to obesity pandemic (Sydney Conference)

Sydney, Australia (Reuters) - Evolution and the environment, not just gluttony, has led to a global obesity pandemic, with an estimated 1.5 billion people overweight - more than the number of undernourished people - an obesity conference was told on Monday.

The mounting epidemic of obesity in children would see many die before their parents, said Kate Steinbeck, co-chair of the 10th International Congress on Obesity in Sydney.

"This is the first generation in history where children may die before their parents," Steinbeck told the conference...

...Steinbeck said fighting obesity was not simply a matter of people eating less and exercising more, but discovering environmental and genetic contributors to obesity. [News]
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The 10th International Congress on Obesity runs from 3-8th September 2006: Webpage | Program at a Glance

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