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As more Latin Americans eat processed food, obesity rates surge

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Latin America, once plagued by malnutrition, now faces a different type of public health crisis as processed food increasingly replaces traditionally prepared dishes, leading to a surge in obesity rates, a United Nations report showed on Thursday.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
Food processing dramatically reduces the cost of food and increases its shelf-life. However, it also induces inflammation in the hypothalamus that increases appetite and was developed to maximum the hedonic aspects to hijack the dopamine reward system in the brain so you want to eat more.  Little wonder that obesity increases with globalization of industrialized food.

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