Wednesday, October 22, 2014   

One-third of world overweighed
(05-29 16:58)

Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.
Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are heavy. The US has about 13 percent of the world's fat population, a greater percentage than any other country. China and India combined have about 15 percent.
"It's pretty grim,'' said Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who led the study. He and colleagues reviewed more than 1,700 studies covering 188 countries from 1980 to 2013. "When we realized that not a single country has had a significant decline in obesity, that tells you how hard a challenge this is.''
Murray said there was a strong link between income and obesity; as people get richer, their waistlines also tend to start bulging. He said scientists have noticed accompanying spikes in diabetes and that rates of cancers linked to weight, like pancreatic cancer, are also rising.
The new report was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published online Thursday in the journal, Lancet.
Last week, the World Health Organization established a high-level commission tasked with ending childhood obesity. --AP   
Other World breaking news:
Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed (2 hrs 40 mins ago)
Apple co-founder to mentor at Australian university (2 hrs 43 mins ago)
APEC finance chiefs meet amid global worries (2 hrs 58 mins ago)
SKorea scraps 'Christmas tree' tower hated by North (10-22 11:13)
Pistorius out of Paralympic events for 5 years (10-21 19:00)
Canadian soldier dies in apparent terror attack (10-21 18:59)
Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison (10-21 17:39)
Japan man arrested for dumping a quarter-tonne of porn (10-21 12:43)
Search resumes for missing South Koreans after Thai boat crash (10-20 17:52)
EU's Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit (10-20 17:49)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.