Courtesy of the Food Industry: Nearly 29% of world population is overweight or obese

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Prevalence of overweight and obesity jumped 27.5% for adults, 47.1% for kids from 1980 to 2013. The obesity epidemic is global: 2.1 billion people, or about 29% of the world's population, were either overweight or obese in 2013, and nearly two out of three of the obese live in developing countries, according to a study released Thursday. The prevalence of overweight and obese people rose by 27.5% for adults and 47.1% for children between 1980 and 2013, according to the study, led by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and published Thursday in the journal the Lancet. In 1980, 857 million people were overweight or obese. The increases in overweight and obese people "have been substantial, widespread, and have arisen over a short time," said the study, which analyzed data that included the heights and weights of people in 183 countries. Today, it said, 36.9% of the world's men and 38% of women are overweight or obese. No nation reported a significant decrease in obesity during that period, said Christopher Murray, director of IHME. "The fact that no country has had a statistically significant reduction in the time period was a surprise," he said, showing that policies to address the epidemic haven't had an effect yet. Comment: At Sott.net we are not surprised at all. Mainstream guidelines, Big Pharma and the food industry are all behind a diet that promotes obesity and the systematic destruction of the population's health. Check out Food Politics and Power: The Men Who Made Us Fat for more information. As Jimmy Moore says: This statistic is a direct result of the low-fat diet lie! We have obediently been cutting our fat intake and replacing that fat with more carbohydrates. And this is the result. Even worse, to me, than the obesity statistics is the rise in diabetes, heart disease and cancer which are all tied to the poor nutritional choices we have made. This didn't just happen. It's precisely what would be predicted to happen when you tell people to stop consuming a critically important nutritional component like fat.
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