A new report, carried out on a global scale, once again points out the increasing number of people affected by weight problems. Study results conclude that obesity is no longer a national problem. Rather, it is a global one as around 2 billion people are struggling with being overweight or obese.
The study set being overweight as having a BMI between 25 to 29.9 and obese for a BMI of or above 30. For their research, the team used data gathered from the 2015 Global Burden of Diseases Study. This involved over 2,300 collaborators in more than 130 countries and included information on more than 68.5 million people.
Research was conducted by scientists part of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Based on an analysis of the gathered data, the team concluded that more than 30 percent of all humans are currently experiencing weight problems.
Weight Problems, a Global, General Problem
The study team looked at possible trends in the prevalence of weight problems among both adults and children. They also identified associated health risks. Both these elements were followed from 1980 to 2015, all throughout the survey.
An analysis of the information concluded that there are now over 603.7 million obese adults and another 107.7 million children. A closer look also showed that the prevalence of obesity was double in 2015 when compared to 1980 in over 70 countries. This increase is also higher in children, although there currently are more obese adults.
Egypt ranked at the top most concerning adult obesity. The United States came in first regarding childhood obesity rates. Observations found that almost 13 percent of U.S. kids have weight problems and around 35 percent of Egypt-based adults.
This new report “offers a discouraging reminder that the global obesity epidemic is worsening in most parts of the world and that its implications regarding both physical health and economic health remain ominous,” state the authors.
The study did have its limitations, as its estimates took a global view of mortality. Namely, they did not take into account risk factors across populations. Future research could target a breakdown of the obesity and overweight rates by ethnic group, country, or region. It could also analyze their associated health risks in the same way.
Image Source: Pixabay