America still #1…in obesity

The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study.

The researchers estimated more than 107 million children and 603 million adults are obese.

The United States had the largest increase in obesity of any country, jumping 16 points to 26.5 percent of the overall population.

The CDC defines obesity as a body mass index of 30 or above for an adult — for instance, a person 5-foot-9 who weighs 203 pounds, or a person 5-foot-3 who weighs 170.

Source: Mercury News


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