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Expert: 300 million now obese

Global epidemic 'getting worse before getting better'
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Posted: 9:57 AM EDT (1357 GMT)

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Reuters) -- Obesity is a global problem that affects 300 million people but local policies are needed to control an epidemic which is likely to get worse before it gets better, a leading expert says.

Professor Peter Kopelman, president of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), believes it could be five or 10 years until the epidemic peaks.

"We need to have strategies at a national and local level to tackle the immediate problems that every population is facing," he said ahead of the start of the 13th European Congress on Obesity in Prague.

Article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/diet.fitness/05/26/prague.obesity.reut/index.html