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World obesity: 'Fat pandemic,' over 2 billion people worldwide now overweight

World obesity levels have not only slowly but surely continued to climb in recent years, but health experts believe that this “fat pandemic” may unfortunately keep on rising in the foreseeable future. New research conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this week has revealed that over 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or surpassing into obesity, and that includes people from all different backgrounds, genders, socioeconomic statuses, and countries. Healthy Living News reports the details surrounding this troubling find this Friday, May 30, and how individuals across the globe need to become informed in order to make a difference.

World levels of obesity keep on increasing
World levels of obesity keep on increasing
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The new study on world obesity — originally published in The Lancet, a medical journal — is nothing less than a stark, eye-opening detection. It seems that a truly shocking 2.1 billion people throughout the world are considered by modern health experts to be overweight or crossing into obese territory. This becomes especially troubling when one reflects on all of the potential health risks associated with being “fat,” says the press release.

"Because of the established health risks and substantial increases in prevalence, obesity has become a major global health challenge," the study stated. "Not only is obesity increasing, but no national success stories have been reported in the past 33 years. Urgent global action and leadership is needed to help countries to more effectively intervene."

As cited in a News Max data report, the overall proportion of adults with an average body-mass index reaching that of 25 (or surpassing it) has seen a significant jump to from just under 30 percent of man back in 1980 to a notably higher 37 percent of men in the more recent 2013. Furthermore, women worldwide have bounced up from around 29 percent body-mass index levels to an even higher 38 percent as of last year.

Unfortunately, adults aren’t the only ones affected in this 2 billion by this troubling increase in becoming overweight, sometimes called the "fat pandemic." World obese numbers can be seen rising in children populations as well, with the general proportion of underweight girls bouncing up from a little over eight percent to the double digits at 13 percent, and boys increasing from eight percent to over 12 percent.

While some may understandably think that certain countries would have lower obesity rates than others (many may believe that the U.S., for example, would have the highest levels of overweight children and adults), it might be a staggering find to learn that the discovery showed no nation has effectively decreased overall obesity rates in three decades.

"In adults, estimated prevalence of obesity exceeded 50 percent in men in Tonga and in women in Kuwait, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Libya, Qatar, Tonga, and Samoa," the study stated.

"We were definitely surprised to see that no country had successfully decreased obesity rates in the past 33 years, concluded Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou told a local news source, Medscape Medical Daily. "We expected to find at least a few success stories, as we did with tobacco in a study earlier this year."