There are now more obese people in the world than underweight

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In the past 40 years, there has been a startling increase in the number of obese people worldwide — rising from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014, according to the most comprehensive analysis of trends in body mass index to date, published in The Lancet.

The age-corrected proportion of obese men has more than tripled (3.2% to 10.8%), and the proportion of obese women has more than doubled (6.4% to 14.9%) since 1975. At the same time, the proportion of underweight people fell more modestly–by around a third in both men (13.8% to 8.8%) and women (14.6% to 9.7%).

If the rate of obesity continues at this pace, by 2025 roughly a fifth of men (18%) and women (21%) worldwide will be obese, and more than 6% of men and 9% of women will be severely obese (35 kg/m² or greater).

Read the full report at the Lancet here