Explosion in number of obesity-related illnessesby Angelica Basile - 2017.06.15
Explosion of obesity-related illnesses. In 2015, 2 billion people in the world, adults and children, had to face health problems, more or less serious, related to being overweight. At least, this is the snapshot that has emerged from a super-study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, that analyzed data collected from 195 countries over a period of 35 years, starting in 1980. In this timeframe, in 70 of the countries under examination, the number of overweight individuals doubled. Especially in western countries, with the USA leading them, with 79 million obese people. Much higher than the number found among Chinese citizens (57 million). “This is the most complex global public health challenge” – declared Dr. Ashkan Afshin, author of the study– “a problem that affects one man/woman out of every 3”.
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