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Obesity Weighs Heavily on World

Obesity Weighs Heavily on World

The burden of obesity has grown considerably in recent decades, with about 30 percent of the global population—a whopping 2.1 billion people—now overweight or obese. Over the past 33 years, obesity rates soared 28 percent in adults and 47 percent in children, and the number of overweight and obese people more than doubled. For now, the US retains the unenviable distinction of hosting the largest portion of the world’s obese—13 percent. Though obesity was once limited to rich nations, more than two-thirds of the world’s obese now live in developing countries. In the Middle East and North Africa, more than half of adult men and nearly two-thirds of adult women are overweight or obese. More… Discuss

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Obesity Rates Explode in Developing World

Over the past three decades, the number of overweightand obese adults in the developing world has nearly quadrupled, to about one billion. One in three people across the globe is now overweight, and the world is facing a growing health crisis as a result. The authors of a recent report on the matter predict that there will be a significant uptick in heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. They are calling on governments to take a more active role in combating obesity through public health programs.More… Discuss


Worth Your Weight (Loss) in Gold

Obesity rates in the United Arab Emirates rival those of the US, and Dubai has decided it is time to do something about the problem. The gold- and diamond-trading hub has announced an exciting new incentive program that it hopes will entice residents to lose weight. Participants in the 30-day program will be paid a gram of gold for every kilogram of weight they shed. There is no limit to the amount of gold a participant can earn, though one must drop at least two kilos in order to receive a payout. A gram of gold is currently valued at over $40. More… Discuss