Global Obesity Explosion: Third of Adults Across World Now Overweight

Global Obesity Explosion: Third of Adults Across World Now Overweight

The Irish Times/Reuters: More than a third of all adults across the world are overweight or obese, a report from a British think-tank has revealed, leading to calls for governments to do more to tackle the growing crisis. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said that the number of people affected in the developing world almost quadrupled between 1980 and 2008 to nearly one billion. In the UK some 64 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, classed as having a body mass index greater than 25. The ODI warned of a huge increase in health-related problems such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers and diabetes.

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