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article imageBig Problem: Report finds 2.1 billion people overweight or obese

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 5, 2014 in Health
The prestigious medical journal The Lancet has released a study that comes to alarming conclusions about the number of overweight and obese persons on Earth. The numbers are growing and so is the percentage of those who are too big.
There are about 7 billion humans on Earth and the study found that 2.1 billion of them are in the overweight or obese category. Further, the percentage of those in those categories has grown sizably since 1980: 28.8 percent of men were overweight or obese in 1980 and that number grew to 36.9 percent in 2013; in the same period the percentages of overweight or obese women went from 29.8 percent to 38 percent.
It's not simply an issue of country or of wealth, the report found the number of big people has grown larger all over the world and in all social strata. The U.S., with a population of 318 million, has the world's largest number of overweight or obese persons, with 13 percent of those overweight or obese from that country; in the U.S. 31.6 percent of men and 33.9 percent of women are overweight or obese.
The study was compiled using dozens of researchers around the world who examined data from 183 countries. Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25 or higher and obesity as having a body mass index of 30 or higher.
The report was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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