Global Obesity Epidemic - 2 Billion Are Overweight!
Global Obesity Epidemic - 2 Billion Are Overweight!
Robots, nuclear weapons, and zombies. It has been speculated that each of these could bring about the end of the human race.

But, it appears that mankind's undoing may come from within. In fact, our very own mouths and stomachs will be all it takes to send us the way of the dodo bird. At least, that's the finding of a new long-spanning study recently published.

Related - Weight Loss ScaleThese same individuals also have a death rate over 60%. Perhaps most alarming is the fact that the rate of increase in childhood obesity is greater than the rate of increase in adult obesity in many countries around the world.

In other words, kids are getting fatter at a faster rate than adults are. This means if you thought the world was fat now, it's about to get a whole lot fatter when these kids become adults.

Of all the countries surveyed in the study, the United States had the highest levels of childhood obesity (13%), while Egypt had the highest levels of adult obesity (35%). Additionally, researchers found a relative increase of 28.3% in the death rate across the world related to high BMI.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has even gone so far as to declare obesity as a global epidemic and has issued a call to action to combat the "war on obesity."

Lead researcher of the study Dr. Christopher Murray said of the findings:

"People who shrug off weight gain do so at their own risk – risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other life-threatening conditions. Those half-serious New Year's resolutions to lose weight should become year-round commitments to lose weight and prevent future weight gain."

This begs the question, why is the world getting fatter? Is it easier access to food, decreased physical activity, poorer quality food, or something else entirely?

What do you think about the escalating rates of obesity and how could it be turned around so we don't eat ourselves into extinction?
Global Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2014 [2]
Rank Country % of Adults That Are Obese
 1  Cook Islands  50.8%
 2  Palau  47.6
 3  Nauru  45.6
 4  Samoa  43.4
 5  Tonga  43.3
 6  Niue  43.2
 7  Marshall Islands  42.8
 8  Qatar  42.3
 9  Kiribati  40.6
 10  Tuvalu  40.3
 11  Kuwait  39.7
 12  Federated States of Micronesia  37.2
 13  United Arab Emirates  37.2
 14  Fiji  36.4
 15  Bahamas  36.2
 16  Vanuatu  35.4
 17  Bahrain  35.1
 18  Saudi Arabia  34.7
 19  United States of America  33.7
 20  Libya  33.1
 21  Lebanon  31.9
 22  Barbados  31.3
 23  Trinidad and Tobago  31.1
 24  Oman  30.9
 25  Jordan  30.9
References

1) Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years. N Engl J Med. June 2017. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1614362. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362#t=article 2) "WHO | Obesity and Overweight." World Health Organization, www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/.