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Nearly 1 In 3 People Worldwide Overweight, Increasing Risk Of Illness, Death, Study Shows

Associated Press: Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in kids
“The global obesity problem now affects one in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study. The researchers estimated more than 107 million children and 603 million adults are obese…” (Stobbe, 6/12).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nearly a third of world overweight, risking illness and death — study
“…Some four million people died of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments linked to excess weight in 2015, bringing death rates related to being overweight up 28 percent on 1990, according to the research. ‘People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk,’ said Christopher Murray [of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington], one of the authors of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine…” (Bacchi, 6/12).

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