Obesity weighs on Latin America after success in fight against hunger

February 13, 2015 11:21 AM

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Obesity weighs on Latin America after success in fight against hunger

BOGOTA/ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ordering fried chicken at a fast-food restaurant in Colombia's capital, Paola Flores is one of millions of Latin Americans struggling with obesity, an epidemic hitting this region harder than others in the developing world.

More than 56 percent of Latin American adults are overweight or obese, compared to a global average of 34 percent, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute last year.

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