Research: U.S. leading the world in obesity epidemic | StatNews

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According to a new study, body mass index levels are spiking worldwide — so much so that obese people now outnumber the underweight population for perhaps the first time in global history. . . .

Ezzati and his colleagues analyzed data from 1975 to 2014 across 19.2 million adults from 186 countries. Over the 40-year span, they found, the proportion of obese men worldwide more than tripled, to roughly 11 percent, and the proportion of obese women more than doubled, to about 15 percent. . . .

As a group, high-income, English-speaking countries had the highest average BMI — and the United States led that group. More than 25 percent of the world’s severely obese men and almost 20 percent of the world’s severely obese women are American.

MoBikeFed comment: This is one area where we do NOT want to be leading the world.

The original study can be found here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2816%2930...

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