World obesity rates have doubled since 1980

In 2008, 1.4 billion people were overweight across the globe

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Americans are getting heavier: according to the World Health Organization, global obesity rates have doubled since 1980.

The WHO says that means in 2008, 1.4 billion people were overweight across the globe.

One Amherst resident blames the high cost of eating healthy for obesity being still on the rise.

Erin Messier said, “All the chips were on sale, candy was on sale, but none of the other healthy things in the refrigerators are on sale. So it’s a big problem.”

The Frontiers in Psychology group says sugar and salt are actually addictive, feeding the growing obesity epidemic.

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