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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FAT STATS

from New England Journal of Medicine

The obesity epidemic in this country gets a lot of attention, but a new study in New England Journal of Medicine says it’s a worldwide problem—that more than two billion people are overweight or obese. That is thirty percent of the world’s population affected by weight problems. Author of the study, Dr. Christopher Murray says people who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk, which is risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and other lifethreatening conditions. While the statistics on obesity are shared among one hundred ninety-five countries in this report, the highest level of obesity in children and young adults is right here. Nearly thirteen percent. We also had the highest number of obese adults. Seventy-nine million.

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