One fifth of the world may be overweight by 2025

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Source: Med Page Today

According to a study published by the Lancet Journal, people around the world are getting more obese, even as more and more people are focused on physical fitness.  Their study considered body-mass index of 19 million people from 200 countries from 1975 to 2014.

The study says if current trends continue, by the year 2025, 18 percent of the world’s men and 21 percent of the world’s women, will be obese, which is defined as being overweight to a level that is not healthy.

In 1975 only 2.6 percent of the world’s population was overweight, and that jumped to 8.9 percent in 2014.

The lowest levels of obesity were found in Asian countries. Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos were all under five perscent. Barundi and TImor-Leste has the lowest rates, at less than one percent. English speaking countries, where the most wealth is, like the United States, Canada or Australia, had the high rates of obesity at about 14 percent.

The study estimates that in the United States, 43-45 percent of the population will be obese.

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