New research data found that out of the 8 billion people in the world, 2 billion are now obese and – surprise, surprise! – America leads the pack.
The 2 billion adults and children who are suffering from health problems that come with obesity accounts for one-third of the world’s population today.
According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last Monday, obesity today is caused by reduced physical activity and unhealthy food choices and eating habits among the masses as well as urbanization.
In 2015, about 108 million children and 604 adults were identified as obese. Comparing to the prevalence of obesity in the 80’s, the number has doubled and continues to increase, the study stated.
“Although the prevalence of obesity among children has been lower than that among adults, the rate of increase in childhood obesity in many countries has been greater than the rate of increase in adult obesity,” the study indicated.
In the United States alone, 13% of children and young adults are considered obese.
In 2015, out of 2.2 billion people identified as overweight, about 710 million were considered obese – 12% of those are adults and 5% are children.
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The study also found that obesity levels were also significantly higher in women than that in men in all age groups.
Meanwhile, Egypt leads in terms of adult obesity with 35% of the population among 195 countries in the study.
The study concluded that there is a need for “evidence-based interventions” to address the problem of obesity, which could lead to life-threatening diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory conditions and different types of cancer.