Obesity is more than a U.S. problem
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 areÂ obese) and about 800 million undernourished.
- The World Health Organization recognizes that obesity is more of a problem inÂ rich countries but notes that it's going to be much more of a problem in developing countriesÂ byÂ 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.