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Findings reveal that 2.2 billion people across the globe are now either overweight or obese—this represents around 30 percent of all people on Earth. Get your unlimited Newsweek trial >. T he global obesity epidemic continues, and a new report shows that about two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. That’s about 30% of the world’s population.

The new study, published. MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) In a sign that the obesity epidemic has become more than just an American problem, a new study shows that 2 billion of the world’s population is obese or. (CNN) More than 2 billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight, a new study reports.

This equates to one-third of the world’s. MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) In a sign that the obesity epidemic has become more than just an American problem, a new study shows that 2 billion of the world’s population is obese or overweight. Meanwhile, a growing number of people are dying from weight-related health problems even though they are not technically considered obese.

Adult obesity is more common globally than under-nutrition. According to the World Health Organisation (2016), there are around 2 billion adults overweight, of those 650 million are considered to be affected by obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m²). That equates to 39% (39% of men and 40% of women) of adults aged 18 or over who were overweight, with 13% obese. The worldwide.

MONDAY, June 12, 2017 In a sign that the obesity epidemic has become more than just an American problem, a new study shows that 2 billion of the world’s population is obese or overweight. Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese. 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.

Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; in developing countries, it is estimated that over 115 million people suffer from obesity-related problems. Generally, although men may have higher rates of overweight, women have higher rates of obesity.

Obesity is a global epidemic. The global population is expanding in numbers, but also in weight. Rates of obesity worldwide have more than doubled since 1980.

In 2014, 1.9 billion adults were overweight and 600 million were obese.

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The obesity epidemic is worldwide, with the numbers of overweight people throughout the world now estimated to top two billion (Ng et al., 2014).

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Indeed, the World Health Organization attests that in the past 30 years not a single country has made serious progress in the fight against obesity, and while in 1980, 857 million people worldwide were overweight or obese, by 2013 that number had more than doubled.

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Regrettably, this problem is shared with growing numbers of developed nations—a fact that has led the World Health Organization to declare obesity a “global epidemic.”

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It is now recognized as a global epidemic with the number of obese individuals increasing drastically over the last two to three decades in both developed and more recently developing nations (Flegal et al. 2010; Guh et al. 2009).

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Possible causes for the obesity epidemic in the United States include big portion sizes in restaurants—especially fast-food outlets—the prevalence of high-fat foods, and reduced physical activity (e.g., Mozaffarian et al., 2011; Wansink & Wansink, 2010).

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WHO has recently estimated that approximately 1.9 billion people in the world show overweight and at least 600 million of them are obese, making this disease a true epidemic [5].

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The World Health Organization projects these statistics to increase; by 2015, approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese all over the world.

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The global epidemic of overweight/obesity is also significant.

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The WHO in 2016 estimated that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980 and there were more than 1.9 billion overweight adults, approximately one-third of whom – amounting to more than 13% of the world’s population – were obese according to the criteria outlined earlier.

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In 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified obesity as a “global epidemic’ given this scale and the fact that it is the main cause of heart disease, the primary risk factor for diabetes, and is a major contributing factor in some cancers and other diseases.

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  • Still not identifying that the substitution of High Fructose Corn Syrup for Sugar and Monosodium Glutamate for Salt and making bread by removing the wheat and chemicalizing it and putting it back. These chemicals are interrupting our ability to burn fat and increasing appetite and making it uncontrollable. The FDA has allowed the business community to cut costs and chemicalize our food and caused the obesity epidemic. They removed access to simple appetite suppressants and only allow access to speed for weight loss which increases blood pressure and appetite and causes insulin resistance.

  • Doctor Robert Lustig talked about this concept of personal responsibility in one of his talks on sugar.

    He asked who started talking about personal responsibility? It was the tobacco companies, in the early 1960s. They were trying to get out of their responsibility for giving people lung cancer.

    They were saying If you want to smoke cigarettes, it’s your choice. It’s not our fault if you get lung cancer.

  • Is she saying that this is not our choice to drink alcohol all day long if it is available everywhere? And that we are not free to buy the food we need depending on how the supermarket is organized? Are we all children? What about very strict distribution of only healthy food to each family and no supermarkets or restaurants anymore? Is it what she is asking for?

  • Bmi is a obsolete way to measure obesity. For example im 5’5 159lbs at 11%bf, im technically “overweight” even thought my body fat is low, i have more muscle than most people.. 

  • I desperately want to believe that interventions as simple as this would be effective in reducing the obesity rate, but the fact is for the past 30 years ZERO nations have recorded a drop in obesity, despite implementing regulations similar to the ones presented in this talk. If we somehow restricted unhealthy foods on end-cap and point-of-purchase displays which is a big SOMEHOW because, as others pointed out, the sugar lobbyists would literally NEVER let it happen would we see a reduction in obesity or just a slight reduction in the sale of candy bars, like Chile did when they restricted the advertisement of certain foods?

    Don’t get me wrong… Would it help? Yeah. Is it a step in the right direction? You bet. But would it actually reverse the obesity rate? Almost certainly not.

    But, again, that’s beside the point. The sugar lobbyists have a majority of America thinking that a simple policy change like that would be Brave-New-World-level government interventionism, despite the fact that we do the same thing for alcohol. Just wouldn’t happen.

  • “Science tells us.” No. What’s your source? Where did it come from? There a too many generalities and unsourced assumptions here. This is just an “I know best” lecture. The only real science here was opinion.

    Even the chart used to show alcohol consumption was missing basic information. Was that gallons per year? It wasn’t labeled. Was the chart based on U.S. or European consumption? In the 1600s and 1700s people drank alcohol because water sources were contaminated. Was that taken into consideration? This is thinking with blinders on. Complexity wasn’t considered.

  • Risk is not the same as opportunity. “we don’t want to restrict people’s choices, we want to restrict businesses” Oh I get it.. So you want to tell the businesses they have to restrict our choices. My mistake. Choices are choices whether it’s right in front of you or down the isle.

  • This lady sucks. Her comparisons and examples are atrocious. It is purely on the person, and most obese people don’t do community service! They sit in their trailer smashing MT. DEW and CHEETOS waiting for their gov’t check to come in. Forcing people to participate in standardized physical activity sessions has worked before and would surely work ago (1933-1939 Germany). Simple way is to have people actually work and so many problems will disappear.

  • No, it definitely is a matter of personal responsibility, the truth is that all people are irresponsible about some things at least sometimes and the same is true of food. Any top-down regulation to try and control food always means reduced personal freedom. Alcohol is a in fact an excellent metaphor of this danger; does anyone really want to live in a world where we aren’t allowed to buy ourselves fast food until we reach age 21?

  • A very good point. People, you should be aware that the food industry is taking you for a lethal ride just as much as the tobacco industry did. Take control of your country from the tycoons and industrial giants who control it now. Be careful, though, they organize tackbacks of “regular” people in order to influence public opinion. It is a difficult war.

  • guaranteed, that obese little boy won’t make it to twenty and mom will deny she had anything to do with it. She needs to count calories.

  • Standard portions would be amazing. I’d love to go out to eat and not be served a giant, 1,000 calorie salad. I just wanted lunch


  • Seeing these parents saying they can’t control their kids diets is like watching fat pets owners say the same. Just don’t feed it trash!!!

  • I think the smoking outside is BS! They will tell people anything to convince them to quit. Now, mind you, I do understand the bad issues with smoking, but when I was growing up, both my parents smoked and none of my 5 siblings nor myself had any ear problems.

  • Lol they want him to do the same activities as the other kids. Funny because the mom is letting him sit and be a statue and couch potato

  • Sorry, but this completely overlooks metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and other medical issues that can and do lead to weight problems. I’m also disturbed by the notion that more federal regulations can fix the problem. We also have an opioid epidemic, and I doubt anyone will claim that’s it’s due to insufficient federal regulations.

  • Things would be a lot better if the sugar lobby didn’t control the politicians, bureaucrats and their recommendations which is why we can NEVER let the government dictate our food choices.

  • Thank Dr. Cohen… but you forget one thing, these foods are engineered to give us what we want… and this mechanism has produced Hyper-palatable Foods… which stimulates the same dopamine pathway as Cocaine = Sugar = Addiction = Dopamine or Opioids… (ref Dr. Pamela Peeke’s work) much of this is driven by the addiction to “Less Bitter” and “More Palatable” foods, hence “Sweeter” and “Less Fiber”… very hard to break that trend since most believe it is “Normal”… but just from the local news you can see the effects of opioids on society… we do not eat too much, just the wrong foods…
    70 Going On 100

  • The amount of food that Leon’s mother served him was disgusting. That was a plate for grown man. This kid is not even going to make it to a teenager at this right. He’s going to have a heart attack.

  • “At the end of day, he’s five…” well that’s why he shouldn’t be in wheelchair! Because he is not 80 yrd old. This mother has it backwards.

  • That kid isnt a genetic problem its purely bad parenting! Glad docs r wanting to be checking just incase but sorry i was huge and it was my fault even as a child i over ate for comfort. My bro aswell. My dad was always big but as soon as he left the navy and became a lorry driver his weight exploded aswell. So i was careful with my kids, and my 2nd girl was still chunky even tho shed rather eat fruit to sweets still tried to eat too much so we had to be careful. Take responsibility. Im disabled yet i still dance about with my kids when i can, we go park and they run wild with other kids and we play inside on bad weather playing ball or dancing or messing about. I wont sit my kids in front of telly and allow them to take root. Lazy parents use their tvs to raise their kids. And lazy parents usually have fat kids. And its not fair at all.

  • I hate this enabling. Being fat is not something your born with like your skin color or sexuality for instance. And seriously when did our “genetics” change? If genetics makes people fat, where were all those fat people in the 60s? The Great Depression? The 1800s? Or all of history for instance? Evolutions doesn’t work like that unless scientists decided to maliciously mess with our genes to make us fat overnight…

  • This idea that all overweight people eat too much and sit around all the time is based on medical philosophy over a hundred years old. No two people are the same. Why doesn’t she explain how it is some people can eat the same things and amounts with no exercise and stay at a “normal” weight. After years of struggling with my weight and doctors blaming any ailments I suffered from on my weight being told I needed to eat healthier and exercise I finally went to an endocrinologist a friend knew. He with a blood test and further examinations determined my thyroid was below normal function (after previous tests indicated “normal” range. He also found that my testosterone was low (again previous tests indicated “normal” range) and the root of it all was my pituitary gland not functioning correctly. He started me on meds and testosterone therapy and did regular blood work. Within 6 months I had lost 90 pounds (no change in diet or exercise) and any issues I had previously were not bothering me anymore. I slept through the nights, plenty of energy, I truly felt 20 years younger. He gave me my life back. Unfortunately as he explained insurance companies pressure doctors not to pursue testing the way he does because of the expense involved. He is independent and operates as a private pay doctor. I pay out of pocket for my treatments. I spend anywhere from $5K-$8K a year on it. To me it is money well spent. To insurance companies it is cheaper to let people be unhealthy and die an early death. Sure some people are overweight from their own doing but there is a large number of people like myself who genetically have things wrong that no amount of diet and exercise will fix. It’s no accident that doctors and insurance companies blame every overweight person for their own weight issues. My suggestion is if you’re struggling find a private pay doctor that will find the real reason for your weight.

  • I limited my daughters to MEAL TIME ONLY and ‘healthy’ snacks. They would get sweets now and then but not usually. They are thankful now that I did.

  • Sharon is the enabler and I’m telling you she is giving him in half a day what I eat in a full day at 48. She is ridiculous and wants a disabled child she needs him to be dependent on her!!! Frikken child abuse she is the problem 100%

  • That Dad who refuses to believe that smoking effects his son is a total scum bag! Not only that but he smokes inside in the living room with his son right by him. Never mind his ears; the passive smoking will be even worse.

  • Parents always saying things like it’s genetic when it comes to their obese children when the truth is that they just let their kids eat whatever they want and are too lazy to tell them no when they try to restrict it because the kids have become addicted to the excess food and they would rather give in to the child’s tantrum than try to deal with it and show them that they won’t give in no matter how much they play up.

  • Yeah, right… Let’s have the government tell us what we can and cannot eat, and how much. That will solve the problem. It seems to work well in prisons.

  • This story is profoundly troubling…WHY oh WHY would any Loving parents allow their children to get to this extent without doing anything earlier to prevent such extreme conditions??? I’m a loving parent & I wasn’t reluctant to say, “NO” when it was needed as my son grew up…

  • I think this is the first talk I’ve seen where regulation was recommended rather than education. Side note: If you put a picture of Dr. Cohen’s legs beside the picture of the chocolate cake, I’ll be staring at the legs. My apologies, Dr. Cohen.

  • Honestly, these parents are horrible!!!! Why would you overfeed your child, have your actions filmed, and then act all hyper defensive and completely deny it!!! TF?!?!!?!?!?!

  • Her concept is not ‘nanny state’. In every example the nutritionally poor choices were still available. Excess access isn’t the only driver of obesity, but this would be a big help. Too bad Big Food is in bed with the Fed.

  • erroneous comparisons…first off i dont drink or smoke..but every store i walk in has these products for sale..and every other tv commercial is an alcohol commercial…facts are facts…its a choice to open your mouth and force food down your throat..sorry but its totally personal responsibility…

  • Obesity is not an underlying cause of heart disease, etc… Some people (about 20%) are metabolically healthy. Obesity is caused by insulin resistance (store fat) and leptin resistance (not having a full feeling) and is one of the conditions under metabolic syndrome of which you need at least three.

    I agree that we are swamped with food everywhere we turn. It’s mostly junk loaded with sugar and other cheap carbohydrates as well so makes us sick and even hungrier. A big problem is empty plate syndrome as well FINISH WHAT’s on your plate even if you are full. This has to stop as well.

  • You have one kid’s teeth removed and she says that it isn’t her fault because nobody told her it was bad( nobody told me that I shouldn’t put my shoes up my ass instead of on my feet but I’m not brain dead so I figured out) but nevertheless the doctors tell her it’s bad and she carries on doing it with her other kid. Who will she blame now? Then the doctor says he tries not to get mad, I wouldn’t even try to contain my disgust with such a shit for brains woman.

  • Yes!! More government regulations please! Big brother has ALL the answers. Save us big brother. But one thing that is confusing about your theory is that if obesity has nothing to do with personal responsibility/ self control,, and is due to us being “set up” by the food swamp then why aren’t we all obese? Why are the majority of north American people living in the swamp NOT obese??

  • Mark’s dad is a certifiable fucking dumbass and Leon’s mom is just about the stupidest person I’ve ever seen. ‘Wouldn’t the exercise help his weight?”, asks the reporter when talking about the wheelchair, and the dumb woman says “no”. Are you serious? Are you really seriously telling us that exercise wouldn’t help his weight? Are you telling us wheeling your fat as kid around in a wheelchair is better than letting him walk?

  • in 2 hours he eats cake, weetabix with fruit, fish, mash and veg yet she doesn’t think that’s over feeding!?! So what if it’s healthy food, you just gave a 5 year old over 1000 calories in 2 hours. She is so stupid that she thinks she can feed him as much food as she wants as long as it’s healthy. In 2 hours he’s had the same amount of calories as a lot of 5 year olds get in an entire day. She’s killing her son and they need to confront her about it like that guy did but not let her off the hook and tell her straight that she is over feeding him at an alarming rate. Getting rid of the wheelchair so that he has to walk everywhere too would be a good start. It’s like she wants him to be overweight she can fuss over him all the time and giving him healthy food is a way for her to look like she isn’t doing it deliberately.

  • Personal responsibility has a role to play. Denying that is counterproductive.

    But it’s also a public health crisis that markets aren’t correcting. And they were failing to do so even before ACA. I think a tax on refined sugar would go pretty far toward solving the problem. If coke was costly enough to subtract 20 oz from the American diet per capita, per day, we’d be 25 lbs lighter per capita per year. That’s enough bang for the buck to justify the intervention in my view.

  • Teaching how to change habits in eating, at home, personality ect in school should be taught. Gives people power to be who they truly want to be. Takes small changes in a consistent way
    Love this women’s perspective

  • It is not fair to do this to your kids and as parents, it’s your responsibility for what they eat. Once they get the hang of a proper diet, they’ll be fine and they’ll thank you later.

  • Oh so she wants to regulate what American fat people can eat and when to make them slim and happy. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way

  • Bitch, its each persons responsibility for what they put in their mouth. Fast food and candy markets are just out to make money, just like any business. Dont put the blame on the businesses who sell the garbage food. People speak with their wallets, if everyone wanted to eat real healthy food then they would not eat shit food and all these places would go out of business or change their products.

  • Why compare unhealthy food to alcohol? Why not compare it to illegal drugs? Make it illegal for everyone to eat unhealthy food? Don’t waste your time watching this.

  • Major flaw in her alcohol to food comparison. Alcohol doesn’t NEED to be consumed multiple times per day for survival. But let’s say you ban sugar or restrict it, people will just gorge on chips, fried foods etc. There is no government based fix, people need to learn and control it themselves. After 2-3 generations of obesity related deaths, the weak minded will slowly be weeded out at younger ages and the problem will self correct. Disclaimer: I work for a large sugar company and my focus is reducing government restrictions, this must be stated by law.

  • The problem with this, is everyone’s dietary needs and definition of healthy is different, restaurants want to make money so off course they’re going to advertise. Just like any other business, restaurants are required nowadays to include nutrition facts, what more do we need. Is someone going to come home with us and cook for us and tell us to exercise too. If our own health can’t be our fault, please explain to me, what is? When will something be the fault of an individual. I promise there is so much freedom in taking responsibilities for your action and claiming the control on your life. You won’t even be worried about the things you can’t control.

  • Some of these parents are just disgusting. The overweight kid weighs more than I do and he also eats adult portions. A five-year-old should be eating kid portions and playing outside for HOURS. His mom is abusing him and the social services should have a word with her.

  • To add to the conversation, big corporations use not only psychological tricks to lure us to buy their sugar-laded processed foods, they also deliberately manipulate the foods themselves to make it addictive just like Big Tobacco. Processed food is addictive. Period. First, it contains sugar, a lot of sugar, refined sugar, and that has been shown in study after study to be addictive, as addictive as cocaine; secondly, the food itself is processed, and that makes it addictive in itself. The body no longer has to work to digest it. It’s quickly assimilated and absorbed into the cells. That’s not how our biology works. That’s why it’s not just a matter of personal freedom to choose to eat whatever we want or how much we want. Milkshake202, the government already has a huge say in what we can and cannot do by allowing corporations to process our food, hijack our choices, sabotage our choices, we are already behind the eight ball. We are at the mercy of government already. The government has done a good job in getting people to stop smoking in the past 20 years or so it should do the same with food, or we are all doomed.

  • I like the idea about laws standardizing portions served by restaurants. I imagine restaurants having a calorie limit per menu item (including combo meals). A Taco Bell cravings box contains 75% of your recommended daily calories. I’d eat those in one sitting. She’s right. We need a safer food environment.

  • The girl with rotten teeth loves sweets. You don’t say Mother, all kids do. That doesn’t mean you don’t control their intake. Stupidity at its finest. And Leon’s mother forces the wheelchair and food on him. She’s deluded

  • And after the govt regulates how you can purchase food, it will regulate what food you can purchase and how much. I choose freedom and personal responsibility. Nobody is forcing Twinkies down my throat. We need education about nutrition and the hormonal cause of obesity…not more govt regulations.

  • I can’t understand anything any of the people (other than doctors and the narrator) are saying at all and the subtitles don’t help much.

  • She not correct about being responsible and controlling obesity. Being responsible comes from the “computer” brain, the neo cerebral cortex, whereas eating is control by the middle brain, the mesolimbic the animal brain, where the hypothalmus is. the hypothalmus controls hunger, sex, and rage. The hypothalmus not controlled by intelligence, it control by CHEMICALS like glucose, adrenaline etc. Her father probably an EMOTIONAL EATER.

  • unfortunately none of this will ever come to pass -it is dangerous to hint this is a realistic solution -responsibility for better decision making is the message we should be stressing educate people but never hint that taking away the outcome from the individual choices we make is going to work it only provides another excuse…the system of money controlling the political system will never offer up a solution like the one championed here..nice and smart presenter but really silly talk.. sorry

  • All 4 of the parents are incredibly irresponsible. Most notably the mother of the obese 5 year old & the smoking father who demanded proof despite the pamphlets & PROOF smoking kills & causes hearing loss.

  • Very dangerous thinking allowing the government to control food. These are the same arguments they used for alcohol prohibition. All the nice words like regulation rules etc are just nice words for using force when we disagree with a product.
    I recommend focusing on yourself rather than focusing on others.

  • I’m sorry, but I don’t want to provide an excuse for all those people who are so huge. An excuse is just a ticket to more overeating. You simply have. to. eat. less.

  • These parents are pissing me off beyond my normal threshold. Why the hell would you continue to enable mass tooth decay, binge drinking, morbid obesity or anything else severely life threatening in your child????? That obese kid could also get a heart attack from all of the strain the exercise will put on his little heart if the kids diet hasnt changed with all that weight. Jesus help these children ;-;

  • When he/she (sorry I couldn’t tell) got their tooth pulled out, I nearly fainted, not joking ������
    (Edit) I can’t stand blood. Fyi

  • Poor Leon and his mum, she is loving him to death. I could eat what he ate in that 2hrs in a whole day and it might actually be a little too much for a woman of 5’5″:(

  • Or instead of regulations which the industry will find ways around or lobby against just promote health education to avoid insulinogenic foods which are the true cause of obesity. Alcohol isn’t banned and is freely available but I rarely drink because I am aware of the negative consequences not because I can’t find any…

  • This is the biggest epidemic in the world today and this only has 145k views. How pathetic that we’re doing nothing to change the problem.

  • advertisement and promoting impulse buying, is essentially propaganda from big corporations. And as much as we have learnt so far about humans, we know propaganda works Hitler had people believe him even though now in hindsight we can see his views were unacceptable. Not to equate eating unhealthily with anti-semitism, but if you want your choice to be free in regards of food, it shouldn’t be affected by thousands of messages which are aimed at us every day. Moreover, if you think you are immune to this and see past simple advertising tricks, do your children? Or do they see the happy McDonald’s advert with red and yellow motifs (colours which have been linked to increasing hunger), smiling and laughing people who are leading the lives we want to have, and most importantly the collectible toys, which you have to return for time and time again to gain?

  • I’m surprised putting warning labels on soda and packaged foods/beverages high in energy, sugars, saturated fats and sodium. They also should put marketing restrictions of unhealthy foods in child-targeted media such as the presence of children, characters, celebrities, athletes, toys, or school references

  • She makes good points….HOWEVER…I still say people have to take responsibility for themselves. Just because you get a large portion at a restaurant, doesn’t mean you have to eat it all…it’s called a DOGGIE BAG/TAKE OUT BOX!!! No one is sitting at the table with you forcing food down your throat. Eat half of it and take the rest home. Teach your kids (and yourself) that they can’t have that candy at the register. Learn how to shop properly…stick to the outside perimeter of the grocery store, where the produce, meat and dairy are located. Don’t go into the middle, and you won’ t be tempted to buy the junk. We don’t need regulations, we need to teach people how to eat and live properly.

  • Theres loads of added sugar and salt in everything tho,but its the parents that need to say no too! Fill up on vegetables, only little bit of fruit. No refined foods and smaller portions.

  • People don’t care. The first thing they will say is, “quit nagging me. You eat what you want and I’ll eat what I want.” Very poor ad in the beginning. All I heard what guys singing, “Whoa oh Weh!”. I have no idea what was being advertised.

  • SBS are about to show a program in Australia called “The Obesity Myth” It is a hospital program that is telling obese people that their weight is not there fault and it is genetic. I find this a scary road we are travelling. Doctors telling people they are not responsible for their weight is nuts. If it is genetic then why is it that you can take any obese person on the planet and put them on a strict diet and force them to do exercise and they will lose weight and get back to a healthy range. So if this is possible does it not mean that it is our responsibility? The obese people might be genetically disposed to gaining weight easier but they can do something about it. Instead of surgery which is a temporary fix that does nothing to get at the root cause they should be putting effort into changing their lifestyle. If you think I have this wrong then please explain it to me. I am open to changing my point of view when strong evidence presents itself.

  • My country is 3rd in the world for obesity, and it wasn’t even mentioned. Sounds like your research was just throwing darts at the globe.

  • This makes me feel so fucking sick. Why can’t the parents just accept it’s their fault their chicken are suffering.. and do something about it. This is child abuse.
    These parents need education!
    Sharon’s an idiot weetabix with banana and strawberry on is NOT a snack, it’s a meal on its own. In two hours he ate well over 1000 calories.
    And that dad who wont even go outside to at least smoke is a prick.

  • Leon has learned to pull that brat stunt because his mother will cave.. and it’s really messed up because Leon is looking at lifetime health problems and ostracized by peers/excluded by kids for his weight..sometimes when your kid has a fit and demands something that you know IS HURTING THEM..that’s when you have to exercise your parental control and Say NO. good lord his mother is beyond frustrating..a Wheelchair?? seems like his mother and grandmother are extreme codependent and they don’t need a wheelchair for him..I think it’d do Leon good to walk home without the chair..maybe if he got the little bit more of exercise..then..he’d lose some weight..I’m a parent and Leon weighs 8 lbs less than I do

  • Generally, TED is pretty good stuff. I have never seen a TED Talk up until this point, however, where the speaker’s main point was that the government should control us more for our own good. Disgusting. Lazy, too.

  • These parents have been blessed with children and this is what’s happening, c’mon!!! It hurts to see a child suffer in any shape of form. ���� why isn’t child services and shit see this?! Like can’t u fucking see that the child isn’t living a healthy life & been provided with the stuff they need like health & the right amount of food for a child, disgusting behaviour. Some of these parents really need to cop on! ��������

  • Government drone on about drugs but it’s alcohol that is draining the NHS funds….Homeless drinkers, young kids, alcoholics..domestic assault..stabbings….

  • It’s SUGAR! Read the work of Gary Taubes. That guy is right, most doctors are full of shit, like the ones who recommended eat less exercise more. That moms feeding that kid carbs, on carbs, on carbs.

  • There is worldwide collusion between big agriculture and big pharmacy, the effect of which is to increase obesity and its detrimental health effects in order to drive up corporate profits. Unless and until this situation is recognized and addressed, no amount of outcry or organizational response will be effective in combating obesity.

  • The sugar lobby will NEVER let this happen. Too monied and powerful. The alcohol industry didn’t have near as much power in the 1920’s.

  • “I feel absolutely terrible, i feel like it is my fault” IT IS YOUR FAULT, NO ONE ELSES. How unbelievably sad that this is happening in todays society. ALL PREVENTABLE…..

  • I totally dissagree with restrictions in availability, but it is true by regulating marketing we could do a lot. They should not be able to manipulate with our brains.

  • 200 years ago, we did not have the clean water, many over used alcohol in old days, years back, due to dirty water!! so alcohol 200 years ago that we might been drunk not good example, However, we do need more regs on bad foods.

  • In 30 years, obesity has become a major public health concern, let’s start thinking differently by preventing and encouraging healthier lifestyles. Check out the 25 community-based programme who are already involved in their community to make a significant difference!

  • Great talk with some really interesting points and suggestions. But I think the point has to be made, that taking personal responsibility is still important. It is simply not enough.

  • interesting concept. Actually I think more public education and less corporate influence would accomplish the same thing without tramping on the rights of people.

  • These parents that fail to say ‘no’ are selfish and NOT don’t it to make their KIDS happy they’re dong it to makes THEMSLEVES feel happy, because THEY can’t deal with their child not liking them for a few moments.

  • Taking responsibility to ‘eat less, exercise more’ is not the answer…

    What one eat, how often and how much fasting one incorporates additional to some regular exercise; combined with deep breathing; getting enough deep sleep, sun exposure and grounding; spending time in nature; protection from toxins and EMF’s; learning how to manage chemical, emotional and physical stress, prayer & meditation… All these foctors play a role in moving into a direction of ease away from disease.

    When it comes to obesity and other eating disorders, unresolved childhoodand other complex trauma, and medications also play a huge role.

    Another contributor is the plague of Feminism. Tearing women away from their homes; luring them into abandoning their children; this in order to have careers and pay taxes like men; this is causing untold misery and brokenness. In homes with absent fathers and exhausted single mothers (married to the state) nutritious cooking hardly exist. The government already babysit and educate, why not also feed the children whatever they decide is best?

    It was no coincidence the nanny state decided to do away with home economics education… We are frogs getting cooked.

  • people actually know the sugar like alcohol is bad for them but they still consume these things

    back in those day they did not know that alcohol was bad for their health
    at least leave food out of politics

  • I usually only shop around the periphery of the store. The center of the store, where the boxes and cans are is nothing but sugar.

  • Her proposed solution is government regulation. Great. By the way, I’m reading that obesity doesn’t cause diabetes. It’s the other way around.

  • It’s been at least 15 years plus since I traveled to the UK from Calif and I hadn’t a clue then about the Brits not having fluoride in their water. It’s shocking how many teeth that baby had pulled! My kids loved their sweets too and I haven’t met a child yet that didn’t like tomato ketchup either. I didn’t allow my kids to go crazy and eat as much candy and soda as they would have liked I’m sure.. and that of course was for a number of reasons, not just their teeth. I baked a cake or some treat every Friday for the entire family to enjoy on the weekends and it was rare that I kept soda pop in the home but they did drink it if we went out to eat. I’m still wondering about the fluoride situation in the UK, is it in use now? This entire documentary is shocking to me especially a child drinking half a bottle of vodka.. who’s providing it! In the states CPS would be knocking on the door for sure.

  • They needed to break Leon’s mother’s stubborn denial by firmly stating fact she’s slowly killing her son. That was very difficult, frustrating, & sad to watch. And fgs, how does any adult not know about tooth decay?? Generally speaking, seems to me most of these parents don’t want to do their job as parents! JMO

  • Sick parent.. That’s called a feeder..parents giving him a huge man size meal..excuses excuses..only a small piece of cake, Weetabix fibre…yeah yeah…A DISABLED PERSON SHOULD BE IN THAT WHEELCHAIR

  • Would Pandemic be more accurate? I think so.
    We can’t afford to support all those with weight problems, when tsunami of weight related illness hits in 1020 years. Population drop coming?