How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

Comments: 2

  1. I like fattening foods. They taste delicious. They also make me fat. I don't like being fat. Because I am endowed with free will, I choose to mostly avoid consuming these foods. Apparently, those who become fat from eating these foods, lack free will. Apparently, the choice to be fat is another evolutionary marker awaiting further study. Perhaps Nestle will underwrite fat studies, how they alter the health of uneducated consumers. BTW, morbidly obese America could provide the control group.

  2. One health repercussion the article overlooks is the devastation that processed, sugary snacks and drinks bring to the teeth. Untreated tooth decay is more common worldwide than any other chronic health condition. There are more than 400 million people around the globe with diabetes, but each day 2.4 billion people are dealing with the misery of an unfilled dental cavity. Granted, tooth decay doesn't lead to a large number of deaths, but it certainly is a source of pain and suffering that diminishes quality of life and is expensive to treat.

    As sugar, soda, and processed snacks squeeze healthy foods out of the diets of the poor, we can see the consequences through the holes in their smiles.