Obesity is more than a U.S. problem

Will Pearson

The media often talks about how fat the U.S. is and while that's true, scientists gathering at the 10th International Congress on Obesity are pointing out that this is a global problem. Some very interesting facts:

  • There are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished.
  • There are over 1 billion overweight adults (more than 300 million are obese) and about 800 million undernourished.
  • The World Health Organization recognizes that obesity is more of a problem in rich countries but notes that it's going to be much more of a problem in developing countries by 2010.
  • 22 million children worldwide are currently considered obese.

Doctors are worried that within the decade, problems related to obesity will overwhelm healthcare systems everywhere.