TITLE

FAT CITY

AUTHOR(S)
Marvín, Símon; Medd, Wíll
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
World Watch;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 18 Issue 5, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, despite global cultural obsession with losing weight, the number of obese people is increasing rapidly. Such is the concern internationally that WHO launched the International Obesity Task Force in 1996. The United States leads the world in the incidence of obesity. Official figures suggest that one in five children is overweight, 60 percent of the general population is overweight, and 21 percent is obese. Obesity is estimated to account for 12 percent of U.S. health care costs. The obsession with fat in the body and the prevalence of obesity in city populations misses the significance of fat within the city metabolism. The rise of the fast-food industry and the growing numbers of people dining out have had consequences for human and urban fat-processing systems alike, and there are ironic parallels between the metabolism of fat in human bodies and the capacity of city waste systems to handle the increasing volumes of fat wastes.
ACCESSION #
19934378

 

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