Wealth increases obesity odds but education reduces them

17 March 2014

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In the past, when infections were the dominant form of disease and death, and humans didn't understand how they spread, an epidemic ended when enough people had died that there were no more potential victims to infect in the vicinity of the bug. Today, with a global epidemic of non-communicable diseases – including obesity, diabetes and cancer – on our hands, we may want to rethink our strategy, says Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) in The Conversation.