2 Billion Worldwide Are Obese or Overweight
Study shows it’s not only an American problem, but an international health crisis
In a sign that the obesity epidemic has become more than just an American problem, a new study shows that 2 billion of the world’s population is obese or overweight.
Meanwhile, a growing number of people are dying from weight-related health problems even though they are not technically considered obese.
“Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting nearly one in every three people,” said study author Ashkan Afshin. He’s an assistant professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Of the 4 million deaths attributed to weight in 2015, 40 percent involved people whose body mass index (BMI — an estimate of body fat based on weight and height) was lower than the threshold considered obese.
The study, based on data from 195 countries, suggests there is “a growing and disturbing global public health crisis” due to overweight and obesity, the study authors said.
“People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk — risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and other life-threatening conditions,” said study co-author Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the institute.
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