The incidence of chronic, noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, is increasing at an alarming rate on the global scale. The growing prevalence of overweight and obesity have led to an upsurge in cases of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases. About 18 million people die every year from heart disease, of which diabetes and obesity are major predisposing factors. Worldwide, more than 1.1 billion adults are overweight, 312 million of which are obese. The number of children that are overweight or obese is also growing (Hossain, Parvez et al.). Obesity, and the associated diseases, has become a worldwide epidemic and must be dealt with before the societal, economic, and security implications become too much to handle.
Kollar, Lenka; Epifano, Evienne; McKneight, Molly; Miskovich, Jeff; and Moore, Heather
"The Obesity Epidemic,"
Student Papers in Public Policy: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/sppp/vol1/iss1/5