As countries get richer, junk food gets cheaper – and obesity rises

May 2015
Lucy Peers, Pia Dawson, Steve Wiggins, Sharada Keats

In Brazil, China, South Korea and Mexico, increasing wealth has come with rising levels of obesity as green vegetables get more expensive and junk food gets cheaper.


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Sources and notes:

Mexico, Brazil: calculated using O&O estimates from Ng et al. 2013, and population estimates from the UN.

South Korea: prices in real $2006.

UK: prices in constant 2005 GBP.