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Mr. Erdogan and his wife, Emine Erdogan, at celebrations for the anniversary of the 1453 conquest of Istanbul by Ottoman Turks, in May. Credit Ozan Kose/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The rise of obesity around the globe has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to urge countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks, which are blamed for the spread of the epidemic.

Countries with such different food cultures as, say, Mexico and Palau are facing the same nutritional risks and following the same obesity trends. Our research aims to understand why, and we have examined the link between various facets of globalisation (trade, for instance, or the spread of technologies, and cultural exchanges) and the worldwide changes in health and dietary patterns.

A recent global study reports that worldwide, the proportion of adults who are overweight or obese increased from 29% in 1980 to 37% in 2013.…  Seguir leyendo »