It is estimated that around 2 billion children and adolescents worldwide suffer from weight-related disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than a billion people are overweight, at least 300 million of whom are obese. As societies continue to embrace unhealthy sedentary lifestyles, fuelled by high-fat, high-sugar processed foods, obesity-related disorders, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are affecting increasing numbers of people at all levels of society and in almost all the countries in the world. In this article, Viviana Viviant exposes some of the diet-related myths and misconceptions that might hinder effective nutritional education and backs calls for multisector societal solutions to the global obesity epidemic.
nutrition, fruit, vegetables, obesity, myths