Global obesity from 1975 to 2014

Christmas came early for obesity researchers on April Fool’s Day. The Lancet is really leading the way in global obesity research. Their report from May 2014 on the prevalence of global obesity remains my trusted guide. On 1st April 2016, The Lancet gave us another gem. The full PDF is available here – I’m not sure for how long it is on free view if you want to grab it. The latest study examines trends in Body Mass Index (BMI), between 1975 and 2014, for 19.2 million adults (9.9m men and 9.3m women), in 186 countries (the 186 countries covered 99% of the world’s population, by the way). The objectives of the study were threefold:

 

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