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Unformatted text preview: illing us,” said one of the study’s principal authors. Young people who are obese face not only long-term, but also immediate threats to
their health. Severely obese American children, aged six to ten, are now dying from heart attacks caused by their weight.
The obesity epidemic that began in the United States during the late 1970s is now spreading to the rest of the world, with fast food as one
of its vectors. Between 1984 and 1993, the number of fast food restaurants in Great Britain roughly doubled — and so did the obesity rate
among adults. The British now eat more fast food than any other nationality in Western Europe. They also have the highest obesity rate.
Obesity is much less of a problem in Italy and Spain, where spending on fast food is relatively low. The relationship between a nation’s fast
food consumption and its rate of obesity has not been definitively established through any long-term, epidemiological study. The growing
popularity of fast food is just one of many cultural changes that have been brought about by globalization. Nevertheless, it seems wherever
America’s fast food chains go, waistlines start...
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- Spring '08