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Source: The Verge

A new study published in the journal Nature reports that people living in rural regions around the world were the most affected by obesity in recent decades.

A group of scientists from the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration analyzed more than 2,000 studies that provided data on BMI of people around the globe, and how it changed between 1985 to more recent years.

At least 55 percent of the rise in BMI came strictly from rural regions, including within Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

“As rural areas industrialize, life starts to change. People don’t need to walk to fetch water because they have running water. They don’t need to walk to other places because roads are being built and cars are more common,” writes The Verge.

Though these changes bring positive impact for these communities, they also impact them negatively in other ways, as they do anywhere else in the world. But for these regions, it’s also harder to get the education on how to use these resources positively, and how to avoid falling into a spiral.

Read Full Story: The Verge

 

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Rural Regions Experiencing Greatest Increases in Obesity