From nutritious foods that fill you up faster to new weight-loss medications to government food taxes, obesity experts predict maintaining a healthy weight may get much easier during the next few decades
More than 2.1 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese and at risk for major chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and heart problems, reported McKinsey & Co. in a November 2014 analysis using data from the World Health Organization (WHO). But new types of evidence-based interventions, such as targeted drug treatments and foods created to be more satiating, may be able to help reverse the upward trajectory of global obesity rates, according to the latest series of interviews from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) FutureFood 2050 publishing initiative. FutureFood 2050 explores how increasingly sophisticated science and technology will help feed the world’s projected 9 billion-plus people in 2050.
“Food scientists over the years have spent most of their energy on issues of food safety and cost. And they’ve been unbelievably successful,” says Cornell University’s Brian Wansink, who has researched eating behavior, food psychology and food marketing for more than two decades. “Where I see a huge gain is if they start turning their direction toward making food nutrient-advanced, lower-calorie and even more satisfying.”
This month FutureFood 2050 talked to obesity thought leaders with a wide range of potential solutions, including:
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