Fat, Fatter and Fattest: 1.46 Billion People Obese Globally; Up by 23 Percent Since 1980, Says Research
By Gopi Chandra Kharel | January 3, 2014 6:16 PM EST
The number of adults who are obese or overweight all over the world has increased by 23 percent, while the number has almost quadrupled in the developing world since 1980, a report from a UK think tank claims.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, said that one in three people worldwide were now overweight. A "huge increase" in heart attacks, strokes and diabetes has resulted due to the quantum leap in the number of overweight people, the report suggests.
The study also suggests that the geography of obesity is shifting with more adults overweight or obese in developing countries than in rich countries. North Africa and the Middle East, and Latin America now have almost the same percentage of overweight or obese people as Europe (around 58 percent).
While North America is still the most obese continent with around 70 percent adults overweight, regions such as Australasia and Southern Latin America are only a notch below with 63 percent.
In the developing world, the number of overweight or obese adults has almost quadrupled from 250 million in 1980 to 904 in 2008.
The ODI's Future Diets report says that the overall increase of obesity is due to changing diets, which has seen a shift from eating cereals and grains to consumption of sugar, fats, oils and meat products. The consumption of sugar and sweeteners has risen by over 20 percent per person between 1961 and 2009.
In South East Asia, the percentage of overweight people tripled from 7 percent to 22 percent, the greatest growth compared to all over the world. The number of obese in comparison to 1980 has risen by a third in South Africa and has almost doubled in China and Mexico. The Middle East countries were also not very far behind in terms of the percentage of overweight adults.
The study also claims that change is possible if we took the example of South Koreans. People in the country ate 300 percent more fruit and 10 percent more vegetables in 2009 compared to 1980 thanks to concerted government-led campaigns, the study said.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Flight MH17 Attack: Russians Claim 'Putin A Terrorist,' Memorial at Dutch Embassy Overflows [PHOTOS]
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
Join the Conversation
- Another Aviation Disaster: Taiwan Plane Crashes, Passengers Aboard Feared Dead [PHOTO]
- 'Dronies' to Become Latest Trend as Tourism New Zealand Buys Drone to Record Tourists' Videos
- MH370 Search Efforts Not Affected by MH17 Recovery; Australia Still Committed to Solving Mystery
- Former Destiny’s Child Star Farrah Franklin Arrested
- Asylum Seeker Women in Australia-Run Christmas Island Attempt Suicide in Desperation
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Apps Leak Online, Five Fresh Features to Expect from the Android Smartphone
- Moto 360 Price Speculations, Key Features, Strategic Release Date, Design: A Watch That is More Than Just Time
- Windows Phone 8.1 Update Rollout: 20 Nokia Lumia Phones Eligible and 13 New Features to be Added
- Three New Moto G Successors Spotted in FCC Document Dubbed Moto G2, Moto M and More --Reports
- iPad Air 2 Release Date Will Skip IGZO Panel; To Rollout with Super-Slim iPad Mini Air
- Upcoming iPad Mini 3 Could be 30% Thinner and Likely be Called iPad Mini Air; Apple Q3 Results Show 9% Decrease in iPad Sales
- Sony Xperia M2 vs. Moto G – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown