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Global obese population tops 640 million

1st April 2016

A new study has indicated that more than one in ten men and one in seven women across the world are now obese.

Imperial College London allied with the World Health Organization and more than 700 researchers across the globe to conduct the study, which has revealed that in the last four decades global obesity among men has tripled, from 3.2 percent in 1975 to 10.8 percent in 2014.

The rate for women rose from 6.4 percent in 1975 to 14.9 percent in 2014, meaning the world's obese population has now reached 640 million. More obese people now live in China and the US than in any other country, with the US topping this chart.

If these global trends continue, by 2025 18 percent of the world's men and 21 percent of women will be obese. The findings also mean that there, currently more people in the world are obese than underweight – the first time in history this has been the case.

Senior study author Professor Majid Ezzati from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, said: "We hope these findings create an imperative to shift responsibility from the individual to governments, and to develop and implement policies to address obesity."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801815832-ADNFCR

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