Financial crisis makes Hungarians obese

Food

A new study carried out by Fit not Fat seems to show that the financial crisis is making people around the world more obese. The study, involving 34 nations worldwide, has revealed that more people have become overweight since the crisis started in 2007.

In the 1980s only 10% of the populations of the 34-nation Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development were obese. The figure has now reached 18% and is on a gradual increase.

The worst countries for obesity are Mexico, the United States and New Zealand with one third of the population suffering from obesity. One quarter of the population is overweight in Australia, Canada, Chile and Hungary. In Asia, these figures are around approximately 3%.

OECD experts are urging governments and country leaders to take action. Experts speculate that the financial crisis is forcing people to spend less on food and to buy the wrong sort of food. The popularity of fast food has grown, which is a problem as its calorie count is generally higher and it is less healthy.

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