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Obesity has been linked to many health concerns. Obese people are those who have too much body fat; usually a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 30. BMI is calculated from a person’s height and weight, and a BMI 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and anything beyond the 30 threshold is classified as obesity. 2.2 billion people around the world are considered overweight or obese according to a study published in the New England journal of medicine last month. These findings address a growing concern for a global health crisis that is taking place now. In addition, an increasing number are dying due to these health-related conditions.

The risks of carrying around all that weight include: risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions. The study covers 195 countries and 68.5 million children and adults, based on data from the most recent Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex and population.

2.2 billion people are effected by excess weight worldwide, that’s 30 percent of the entire population of the entire world. According to the study the prevalence of obesity has doubled since 1980.

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In 2015, the United States had the highest percentage of obesity among children and young adults at nearly 13 percent, and Bangladesh had the lowest at 1 percent. Egypt had the highest percentage of adults at 35 percent and Vietnam, at 1 percent, had the lowest percentage.

“Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting nearly one in every three people,” said Dr. Ashkan Afshin, the paper’s lead author and an Assistant Professor of Global Health at IHME, in a news release.

If you need help determining the best way to treat obesity and help you on your weight loss journey, contact A Better Weigh Center at 817-431-1059.

Information from this article obtained by: connect: the official news magazine of ASMBS