A major study suggests that there are more obese people in the world who are classified to be obese compared to the underweight.
Scientists from Imperial College London led the research and made a publication in The Lancet. They compare the body mass index of about 20 million male and female adults starting from 1975 to 2014.
Their finding is that male’s obesity has tripled and more than doubled in women.
Lead author urged governments to intervene saying that it is an “epidemic of severe obesity.”
Adult’s data from 186 countries was used in the study which found out the number of obese individuals worldwide to have risen by from 105m in 1975 to 641m in 2014.
The underweight numbers has equally risen from 330m to 462m over the same period of time.
The rating of obese women in the world went up to 14.9% from 6.4% in 1975 while among men it rose to 10.8% from 3.2% in 1975.
This is equivalent to 375 million obese women and 266 million obese men in 2014.
The probability of achieving the W.H.O’s global obesity target was also predicted by the study. The target is to see to it that there is no more increase past the 2010 levels by 2015. They say achieving that is close to zero.
Prof Ezzati said: “Our research has shown that over 40 years we have transitioned from a world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity, to one in which more people are obese than underweight.
“Although it is reassuring that the number of underweight individuals has decreased over the last four decades, global obesity has reached crisis point.”
“We hope these findings create an imperative to shift responsibility from the individual to governments and to develop and implement policies to address obesity.
“For instance, unless we make healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables affordable for everyone and increase the price of unhealthy processed foods, the situation is unlikely to change.”