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Income and Obesity

Three agriculture economists, Lynn Brown, Aira Maria Htenas and Yurie Tanimichi-Hoberg, in a report on agriculture and food systems’ role in obesity, made this graph showing that obesity is positively correlated with a country’s wealth level to a certain degree, especially with income levels up to US$ 5000 per capita per year. Above this level, it becomes complicated: Mexico and Turkey, for instance, have prevalence rates higher than many Western European countries. And South Korea and Japan have much lower obesity levels than lower-, middle-, and high-income countries. (source)

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