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Obesity epidemic has affected one in 10 worldwide, study

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 13 Jun 2017, 13:19:22 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

Researches Conducted in 195 countries over a 35-year period have presented at a conference in Stockholm on Monday is billed as the most comprehensive carried out to date on the “subject of obesity”. More than one in 10 people worldwide are now obese and 2.2 billion are believed to be overweight, charging a global health crisis that affirm millions of lives every year. Number of obese people are more than doubled in 73 countries and rushed elsewhere around the world since the launch in 1980 of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. There are 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults worldwide were deemed to be obese, according to the study in 2015. Triggering what its authors described as "a growing and disturbing global public health crisis."

Even though the obesity rate in children remained lower than among adults, it had grown at a faster rate during the study period - a finding experts described as especially an “Epitome of obesity”.

The World Health Organisation had estimated the number of overweight people at 1.9 billion in 2014, including more than 600 million who were obese.  According to 2015 the number of deaths, more than 40 per cent involved people deemed non-obese - indicating that being overweight, even without being obese, is leading to millions of premature deaths. More than two-thirds of deaths linked to a raised BMI were attributed to cardiovascular diseases, marking a sharp increase since 1990.

Number Obese People Estimated all over the World:

1)    The lowest rates of adult obesity were in Bangladesh and Vietnam, both at one percent.

2)    China and India had the highest number of obese children - respectively 15.3 and 14.4 million.

3)    The United States and China, meanwhile, had the greatest number of obese adults - respectively 79.4 and 57.3 million.

"Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting nearly one in every three people. “Over the past decade, numerous interventions have been evaluated, but very little evidence exists about their long-term effectiveness.