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Published on : Jun 14, 2017

A new study has reported that over 2 billion children and adults around the world are either overweight or obese and suffer from various health issues owing to their weight. This figure amounts to one third of the global population. Researchers have highlighted poor diet, urbanization, and lack of physical activity as the main causes of being overweight.

Number Game: US and Egypt at the Top of the List

The study – published in the New England Journal of Medicine – states that the United States has exhibited the highest percentage of obesity among young adults and children at 13 per cent. On the other hand, Egypt stands first when it comes to obesity among adults, with a nearly 35 per cent incident rate. The study took into account 195 territories and countries.

In 2015, a whopping 2.2 billion people were either overweight or obese. Over 710 million of these were classified as obese, with 12 per cent adults and 5 per cent children falling into this category. The study says that a rising number of people around the world are dying as a result of various health issues caused by being overweight.

Another point brought to light in the study is that people are dying not just by being obese but also by simply being overweight. Citing numbers, the study found that of the 4 million people dying owing to their higher body mass index, nearly 40 per cent were not yet obese.

Director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Dr. Christopher Murray is of the opinion that those who do not consider weight gain a serious issue are doing so at their own risk and are likely to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many other conditions during their lifetime.