Professor Hans-Georg Joost on the dangers of sugar. Most people consume far too much sugar, which can be harmful to health. Excess sugar promotes weight gain, and some also believe it contributes to cancer and promotes premature aging.
The number of people who urgently need to lose weight has shot up over the past 35 years. Almost a third of people worldwide are now overweight or even obese, an international research team says.
The World Health Organization called on European lawmakers for better regulation of advertising to children, especially with food. Two-thirds of overweight children stay that way in early adulthood.
On a global level, 422 million people are today affected by diabetes. That’s nearly four times the number affected 30 years ago. In Africa, middle-income countries are those most affected.
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