It is a widely recognized and acknowledged fact that the
population of most developed Western countries is getting
fatter, and we are not talking about a gradual increase here.
The number of people who are seriously overweight or
clinically obese is exploding all over the Western world.
Just as an example, the statistics page of the ‘Weight-control
Information Network’ quotes data from the National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which indicates
that by the end of 2004, around two thirds of adults in the
USA were officially overweight, and nearly one third were
clinically obese. The situation has already deteriorated
significantly since then, so we really do have a global crisis
on our hands.