One GIF Shows How The Whole World Is Getting Fatter
A large team of researchers analyzed 1,769 studies, surveys, and reports about obesity around the world, and their conclusion, published in The Lancet, is grim: In 33 years, not a single country has reduced its obesity rate.
This depressing graphic, compiled using the visualization tool from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, shows obesity climbing not just in the U.S., but in surprising corners of the globe (warmer colors = higher rates of obesity):
In some countries, more people are obese than not. The majority of men are obese in Tonga, and the majority of women are obese in Kuwait, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Libya, Qatar, Tonga, and Samoa.The study's global take should serve to broaden the conversation about obesity, which is frequently focused on the growing public health issue in the United States. "Although 13 percent of the world's obese people live in the United States, the world's richest country," noted Donald G. McNeil, Jr., in The New York Times, "62 percent live in poor or middle-income countries."
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