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2008 financial crisis spurred obesity across richest nations: OECD

Published on May 27, 2014 9:51 PM

PARIS (AFP) - The 2008 financial crisis spurred obesity's spread in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's 34 member countries - most of whose inhabitants are overweight, an OECD report said on Tuesday.

The grouping, which includes the world's richest nations, has seen obesity levels continue to rise over the past five years, albeit more slowly than before.

"One in five children is overweight, on average, in OECD countries, but rates are as high as one in three in countries like Greece, Italy, Slovenia and the United States," said a press statement.

The economic crisis was partly to blame, the OECD report said, with less spending on food overall, and a switch to cheaper, high-calorie junk alternatives.

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