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Obesity: not just a disease of the rich

Learn why obesity is becoming a major problem in developing countries and how it is not just a disease of the rich.

Ross has explored the key challenge of obesity for achieving SDG 3, and how this is not only a problem for developed countries.

Take a look at this visualisation from the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. By clicking on the play button on the bottom left hand side, you can see how BMI has increased in many countries since 1974.

The visualisation also gives changes in BMI ranking over time.

Look at the visualisation and in the comment section below:

  • Write where the country you live in ranks on this index
  • Has it increased, decreased or stayed the same over time?
  • Are there any countries high on the list that surprised you?
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