Monday, October 23, 2017
Junk food and obesity in Brazil
This is a disturbing profile of how junk food companies are inserting themselves into developing countries to bring low-income consumers into their fold of loyal clients. It focuses on the example of Nestle in Brazil as an archetype of what's happening worldwide. Poor people who weren't eating a diet sufficient in quality or quantity to prevent stunting and cognitive impairment in themselves and their children, are now bombarded with junk food, which adds a bunch of calories that lead to obesity, diabetes, and a whole host of new problems, in addition to the stunting and cognitive impairment that still persist (since the junk food doesn't have the vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and other components essential to healthy growth and development).