Obesity around the world is a serious problem. It’s not just about looking good or fitting into your favorite pair of jeans. It really is a matter of life and death. It’s estimated that at least 2.8 million adults die each year due to obesity! Sadly, that number does not seem to be coming down. Why are so many people struggling with obesity? What’s contributing to this alarming epidemic? Find out in today’s list! These are 25 facts about obesity you should know.
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Obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that may impair health and could lead to death, disability, and a lower quality of life.
Fundamentally, obesity is caused by an imbalance of calories consumed and calories expended. Globally there has been an increase in the amount of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and a decrease in physical activity due to sedentary lifestyles.
Globally, 925 million people suffer from hunger. 2.2 billion people are overweight or obese.
Both obesity and hunger lead to malnourishment. People on both sides of the spectrum suffer from micronutrient malnutrition including vitamin A, iron, or iodine deficiency.
Most obesity is concentrated in the developed world. In fact, 1 in 3 Americans is obese.
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