World's obese population hits 640 million

More than one in ten men and one in seven women across the globe are now obese, according to researchers led be the Imperial College London and published in the Lancet.  The report looked at 1698 population-based measurement studies from 200 countries from 1975 to 2014. There were more than 19.2 million adult participants.

Mean BMI has increased in both men and women since 1975, while the global prevalence of underweight has decreased. Age-standardised prevalence of obesity has increased from 3.2% in 1975 to 10.8% in 2014 in men and from 6.4% to 14.9% in women.

If these trends continue, by 2025, global obesity prevalence will reach 18% in men and surpass 21% in women; severe obesity will surpass 6% in men and 9% in women. Nonetheless, underweight remains prevalent in the world’s poorest regions, especially in south Asia.

 

Posted: 01/04/2016 09:21:31 by Laura Keaver


 

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