MORE than a quarter of the planet’s population is suffering from fat-related health problems, a damning report warns.
And four million people died in 2015 as a direct result of being too tubby.
Around 2.2billion people around the world are too fat, that’s 30 per cent of the global population
Around 2.2 billion people – 30 per cent of the total global population – were found to be too fat.
The majority of these were ill as a result.
Levels of obesity have doubled in more than 70 countries since the 80s, according to the major study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In the UK, a quarter of adults are obese – with a body mass index (BMI) over 30.
It compares to just one in 35 in the 70s.
And one million British kids are also dangerously fat, around eight per cent.
Experts said the findings reveal “a growing and disturbing global public health crisis”.
Researcher Dr Christopher Murray, from the University of Washington said: “People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk – risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions.
More than one in four of the planet’s population are suffering fat-related health problems, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes
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