There are more number of obese people than underweight people

The number of obese people worldwide has risen from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014.

The study found that women in Singapore, Japan and a few European countries including Czech Republic, Belgium, France, and Switzerland had virtually no increase in average BMI over the 40 years. Island nations in Polynesia and Micronesia have the highest average BMI in the world reaching 34.8 kg/m for women and 32.2 kg/m for men in American Samoa. In Polynesia and Micronesia more than 38 percent of men and over half of women are obese. Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, and Eritrea have the lowest average BMI in the world. (Read: 6 expert tips to prevent obesity)

More than a fifth of men in India, Bangladesh, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia and a quarter or more of women in Bangladesh and India are still underweight. Among high-income English-speaking countries, the USA has the highest BMI for both men and women. More than one in four severely obese men and almost one in five severely obese women in the world live in the USA. Men in Cyprus, Ireland, and Malta and women in Moldova have the highest average BMI in Europe. Bosnian and Dutch men and Swiss women have the lowest average BMI in Europe. (Read: Live in a polluted area? It may make you obese)

The UK has the third highest average BMI in Europe for women equal to Ireland and the Russian Federation (all around 27.0 kg/m ) and tenth highest for men along with Greece, Hungary, and Lithuania (all around 27.4 kg/m ). Almost a fifth of the world's obese adults (118 million) live in just six high-income English-speaking countries--Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and USA. Over a quarter (27.1 percent; 50 million) of the world's severely obese people also live in these countries. (Read: 16 things obesity does to your body)

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By 2025, the UK is projected to have the highest levels of obese women in Europe (38 percent), followed by Ireland (37 percent) and Malta (34 percent). Similar trends are projected in men, with Ireland and the UK again showing the greatest proportion (both around 38 percent), followed Lithuania (36 percent). By comparison, 43 percent of US women and 45 percent of US men are predicted to be obese in 2025. The study appears in Lancet.

Source: IANS

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