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NEJM Offers Bleak Assessment of Global Obesity Situation Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Friday, 16 June 2017 16:48

Entitled Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years and posted to the New England Journal of Medicine on 6.12.17, the authors offered the following depressing statistics and insights:
  • The prevalence of obesity among children and adults has doubled in 73 countries since 1980 and has shown a continuous increase in most other countries.
  • Epidemiologic studies have identified high body-mass index as a risk factor for an expanding set of chronic diseases.
  • In 2015, high BMI contributed to 4.0 million deaths, which represented 7.1% of the deaths from any cause.
In recent years, some countries have started to implement a range of interventions to reduce obesity, but no major population success has yet been shown.

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