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Ezzati said national measures like reducing salt content in prepared foods or banning transfats could make a big dent in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol rates.

He added that it was uncertain if the world’s obesity rates had peaked and predicted other health complications would soon follow. “We don’t know how much worse the obesity problem will get,” he said. “While we can manage blood pressure and cholesterol with medication, diabetes will be a lot harder.”

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