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Sixty-five percent of US adults are either overweight or obese and the numbers are rising exponentially. “The United States spends $75 billion per year on weight related disease,” and “On any given day 29% of men and 44% of women are trying to lose weight.”¹

“Obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980,” and has gone up 45% since the last survey in 1994.



Global Impact of Processed, Super-Sized, Junk Food Western Diets

"Europe"

"Oceania"

Africa




“Candy, fast food and sweetened cereal accounts for more than half of the food ads in ten European union nations. In the UK snack food consumption rose nearly twenty-five percent in five years.”² “Pacific Islands have always valued hefty physiques. Now their shift away from local foods to a high fat Western diet has made them among the world’s fattest people.”² In some parts obesity afflicts more children than malnutrition. Diets shift from traditional healthy, whole grain to white bread.²

USA

South America

Asia




US funding on obesity research is one sixth that on AIDS.¹ Supermarkets stocked with processed foods have become the norm rising from twenty percent of food retail in the 1980’s to sixty percent in 2000.²
Kentucky Fried Chicken opens drive through restaurant in Beijing.²

Not only has the western diet infected these countries but also the high stress, fast-paced western ways drive everything from games for children to television and stress-inducing technologies.



¹US News and World Report, February 9, 2004
²National Geographic, August, 2004