World now has more obese people than underweight, study

World now has more obese people than underweight, study

A major global study has shown that there are more obese people than underweight people across the world.

The study led by scientists from Imperial College London compared the body mass index (BMI) among almost 20 million adult men and women from 1975 to 2014. The study concluded that there are more overweight people than there are undernourished people. The study found that the obesity in men has tripled and doubled in women across the world.

Data showed that the number of obese people worldwide rose from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014. The data also showed that the proportion of obese men has more than tripled from 3.2 percent to 10.8 percent after age correction while obese women has more than doubled from 6.4 percent to 14.9 percent since the year 1975.

Lead author of the study, Professor Majid Ezzati from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London warned that the planet is facing a serious epidemic of severe obesity and urged the governments around the world to take steps to address the issue. Researchers noted that the world has moved from a time when the number of underweight people was double than that of obese people to a time when more people are obese than underweight.

Professor Ezzati said, "Over the past 40 years, we have changed from a world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity, to one in which more people are obese than underweight. If present trends continue, not only will the world not meet the obesity target of halting the rise in the prevalence of obesity at its 2010 level by 2025, but more women will be severely obese than underweight by 2025."

The study was published in The Lancet.