Doctors have long warned that being overweight can lead to health complications including heart disease, stroke and cancer, and previous studies have already found that extra pounds can take years off your life, based mostly on data from Europe and North America.
Chile seeks to fight one of the world's highest rates of childhood obesity with a new food labeling law that focuses on food that is high in sugar, calories, sodium and saturated fat. It also bans such food from being sold with a toy.
Canada’s Food Guide has come under fire by some critics who say it promotes a carbohydrates-based diet and is contributing to the country's obesity epidemic. But one dietitian is warning against “vilifying” a single food group.