WHO launches campaign against obesity to counter surge in deaths worldwide

05/24/2004 | NYTimes.com · Reuters · SeattlePI.com

In a move to curb the increase in deadly chronic diseases worldwide, the World Health Organization is launching a campaign against obesity. The plan, adopted May 22 in Geneva, recommends people limit intakes of fats, sugar and salt, which are blamed for a major increase in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Those diseases account for nearly 60% of the 56.5 million annual deaths worldwide that are considered preventable.

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