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Countries Worldwide Have Failed To Come To Grips With The Obesity Epidemic

May 31, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Global obesity is on the rise, and countries are failing to effectively intervene in the problem, according to a U.S. analysis of trend data from 188 countries. In fact, not one country has reported success in combating obesity in the past 33 years. More than 2 billion people – or about 30 percent of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight. Study authors said the rise in global obesity rates over the last three decades is a major public health epidemic in both the developed and the developing world. The highest proportion of obese people (13 percent) live in the United States, while China and India together represent 15 percent of the obese population.
Ng M et al., "Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013", The Lancet, May 31, 2014, © Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation/The Lancet
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