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11719Fwd: [karmayog] One in five in India is obese: Study

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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    Jun 18, 2014

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      Source: The Times of India

      URL: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com//Article.aspx?eid=31804&articlexml=One-in-five-in-India-is-obese-Study-29052014014013

      Date: 29.5.14


      One in five in India is obese: Study



      One in five men and women in India is overweight and obese. Five out of every 100 boys and girls in the country below the age of 20, too, are overweight and obese, according to the most comprehensive global study to date on obesity rates. The study will be made public on Thursday.

      The data confirms that worldwide there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults (28% increase) and children (up by 47%) in the past 33 years, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, to be published in the medical journal ‘The Lancet’, said over 50% of


      the 671 million obese individuals in the world live in 10 countries -the US, China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany , Pakistan and Indonesia. The US accounted for 13% of obese people in 2013, with China and India jointly accounting for 15%.

      Around 62% of the world's obese individuals live in developing countries. In highincome countries, some of the highest increases in adult obesity prevalence have been in the US (roughly a third of the adult population is obese), Australia (28% of men and 30% of women are obese) and the UK (around a quarter of the adult population is obese).


      In the developed world, men have higher rates of obesity than women, while the opposite is true in developing countries.


      The greatest gain in obesity occurred between 1992 and 2002, mainly among people aged between 20 and 40.


      The prevalence of overweight and obesity in child hood has increased remarkably in developed countries, from 17% in 1980 to 24% in 2013 in boys and from 16% to 23% in girls. Similarly , in developing countries, rates have risen from roughly 8% to 13% in both boys and girls over the three decades.


      Led by Professor Emmanuela Gakidou from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in the US, a team of international researchers performed a comprehensive search of the available data from surveys, reports and the scientific literature to track these trends in the prevalence ofobesity (BMI of 30kg/m² or higher) in 188 countries in all 21 regions of the world from 1980 to 2013.