Global health advocates are becoming increasingly vocal about the growing international obesity epidemic, and all of the complications that come with it (e.g. cancer, diabetes, etc.). I have been traveling all across the state during the last few weeks for my day job (I coordinate a surveillance program at the state health department), so I have been spending a lot of time in airports. Here is a shot of a drink vending machine at one of them.
Yep, that’s right: rows and rows of sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages, and no water. Next to this machine is a snack machine (naturally full of candy and salty snacks) and next to that was a coffee machine. There was no place in this tiny airport to buy a bottle of water.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why over a third (35.7%) of Americans are obese.