29% of the Entire World's Population is Now Overweight or Obese

Obesity has skyrocketed in the past three decades, with prevalance of overweight adults increasing by more than 47% between 1980 and 2013. As a result, 29% of the world's population—that's more than two billion people—is overweight or obese.

This is according to a study led by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and published Thursday in the journal the Lancet, which noted that not a single country reported a significant decrease in obesity during the last 30 years.

In Canada, up to 60% of the adult population is considered obese or overweight, compared with India at just 19% and the US at 67% (defined as a Body Mass Index of higher than 25).

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