In 2008, the latest year for which statistics were available, nearly one woman in seven and one man in 10 were obese, The study run by Sonia Anand and Salim Yusuf of Canada’s McMaster University found obesity ballooning around the world.
Being too fat causes three million premature deaths each year from heart disease, diabetes, cancers and other disorders, according to the WHO.
The researchers described the tableau as “a population emergency.”
“Obesity will cost tens of millions of preventable deaths unless rapid and widespread actions are taken by governments and health-care systems worldwide,” said the report, published by The Lancet.
The problem has been most prevalent in rich nations, rising most in the United States, followed by New Zealand and Australia for women, and Britain and Australia for men.
These results suggest that overweight affects one-in-three adults and obesity affects one-in-nine adults — a tsunami of obesity that will eventually affect all regions of the world.
Global obesity rates more than doubled for men, from 4.8 percent of male adults in 1980 to 9.8 percent in 2008. For women, the corresponding jump was from 7.9 to 13.8 percent.
Let us all try to eat, sleep and play in a healthier way.
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