There are now more obese people in the world than those who are underweight, according to a new study by British medical journal The Lancet. Scientists surveyed the body mass index (BMI) of 19.2 million adults over the past 40 years and found that our world is more obese than ever.
China has the largest obese population in the world with 43.2 million obese men and 46.4 million obese women. This is 16.3% and 12.4% of the world’ obese population, respectively. The United States is ranked second with 41.7 million obese men and 46.1 obese women.
China has gotten much fatter in the past 40 years. In 1975, China had the 60th most obese men and 41st most obese women in the world. Japan has the least obese citizens of all high-income countries.
The report by scientists from Imperial College London shows that from 1975 to 2014 the global male obesity rate has tripled and the global female obesity rate has doubled. The report defines obese as a BMI over 30. A person with a BMI over 35 is considered severely obese, and someone with a BMI of less than 18.5 is underweight.
The study covered 186 countries over a 40 year period. In this time, the global obese population rose from 105 million to 641 million, and the underweight population increased from 330 million to 462 million. Global male obesity rates rose from 3.2% to 10.8% and female obesity rates rose from 6.4% to 14.9%.
In the same period, the global percentage of underweight males dropped from 14% to 9%, and the percentage of underweight women dropped from 15% to 10%.
The World Health Organization hopes that by 2025 global obesity levels will not increase over the levels recorded in 2010. However, it is highly unlikely that WHO will reach this target.
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I laugh at this comparison. China is leading for like 2 mil males and 300 thou females. No one said that there are 4+ times more Chinese then Americans in this world! Fail article. Do the calculations in %s. Plus, one other thing, obese has less to do with wealth then with crappy food.
Apr 10, 2016 17:07 Report Abuse
I remember when I first came to China constantly hearing things like: "We Chinese can not get fat like Foreigners because our bodies are different", yeah right, it's just that you were too poor to get fat. Look at developed Asian countries (i.e Japan, S.Korea, HK, Taiwan, SG), plenty of fat people there. Not that it is a good thing, but the reality of life and this world, China and Chinese are no exception.
Apr 07, 2016 08:32 Report Abuse