Obesity is more than a U.S. problem

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The media often talks about how fat the U.S. is and while that's true, scientists gathering at the 10th International Congress on Obesity are pointing out that this is a global problem. Some very interesting facts:

  • There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished.
  • There are over 1 billion overweight adults (more than 300 million are obese) and about 800 million undernourished.
  • The World Health Organization recognizes that obesity is more of a problem in rich countries but notes that it's going to be much more of a problem in developing countries by 2010.
  • 22 million children worldwide are currently considered obese.

Doctors are worried that within the decade, problems related to obesity will overwhelm healthcare systems everywhere.

 

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September 11, 2006 - 10:30am
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