December 5, 2006 11:56am CST
Obesity and hypertension emerge as risk factors with increasing wealth and poor people will need to be protected from developing these risk factors as they undergo development and upward social mobility.
5 Dec 06
Obesity is a chronic disease with serious consequences. It has been linked to more than 2.5 million deaths annually. And it is the cause of multiple diseases, referred to by doctors as co-morbidities. Some, like hypertension, gastroesophageal reflux disease, joint pain and sleep apnea, are directly related to obesity. Certain cancers, depression and dermatological problems have also been associated with it.