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Portrait of the Global Obesity Pandemic — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
May 29, 2014

Portrait of the Global Obesity Pandemic

By Larry Husten

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD , and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

A new, comprehensive analysis published in the Lancet paints a frightening portrait of the worldwide obesity pandemic.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 found that from 1980 through 2013, the worldwide prevalence of overweight and obesity rose by 28% for adults and by 47% for children. The result was an absolute increase from 857 million overweight and obese people in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.

For men, the proportion with a BMI of 25 or greater increased from 29% to 37%. For women, the proportion increased from 30% to 38%. Increases were observed in every country, but in developed countries, there were more men than women who were overweight or obese, and in developing countries, the pattern was reversed.

The biggest gains in overweight and obesity occurred between 1992 and 2002. One hint of good news: The increase in adult obesity appeared to slow starting in 2006.

Adapted from CardioExchange

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