This excellent set of articles from the Harvard School of Public Health is a scholarly review of the impact of worldwide obesity in adults and children, as well as the economic impact of the problem.
Hardly a matter specific to the west, obesity is global in reach and its impact on individuals, societies, and economies profound.
Curiously it has been highlighted in recent years, while the problem is not new by any means. The impact is no surprise to anyone involved in health-care or claims management.
We highly recommend Harvard’s Obesity Prevention site and the set of articles below for a deep understanding of the issue.