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The number of overweight and obese people around the world has soared to a record high of 2.1 billion, equaling a third of the global population.
Researchers studied data from 1980 to 2013, and during that time period the number of overweight and obese people jumped from 857 million to 2.1 billion.
The U.S. counts for 5 percent of the global population with about 318 million people, yet accounts for 13 percent of obese population.
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"Over the past decades the modernization of our world, with all the technology around us, has led to physical inactivity on all levels," said Professor
The researchers said the rates are highest in developed countries because of longer work commutes from the suburbs, sitting at computers all day, and unrestrained eating.
"Obesity is a complex issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level; everyone has a role to play in improving the health and well-being of the public, and children in particular," said Professor
The study stressed the need for "urgent global leadership" to fight against risk factors such as excessive calorie intake, inactivity and "active promotion of food consumption by industry."
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