United States obesity, overweight rates to soar

The number of obese and overweight people in nine developed countries will increase alarmingly by 2022 and, unfortunately, the United States will lead the way, according to a study by the consulting company GlobalData. High caloric intake mixed with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle means that the United States will have about 113 million obese and 81 million overweight people by 2022.

The eight other countries GlobalData looks at are Brazil, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, and Canada.

According to the World Health Organization, obesity almost doubled globally between 1980 and 2008. Only 5% of men and 8% of women over 20 were obese in 1980. In 2008, it was 10% for men and 14% for women, resulting in an estimated 205 million and 297 million cases of obesity in men and women, respectively.

GlobalData points out that obesity is “the major cause of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and ischemic stroke, which are increasing globally.” The WHO says that worldwide, 2.8 million people die a year because of obesity and its associated comorbidities.

Overweight in 2012 and 2022

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Obesity in 2012 and 2022

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Source: Overweight and Obesity: Epidemiology Forecast to 2022, GlobalData, August 2013