1 in 8 Global Citizens Have Obesity

A major issue has arisen on a global scale. According to a recent Lancet research, one out of every eight individuals is considered overweight. Furthermore, the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration reported that over one billion persons were obese in 2022.

Obesity has quadrupled in prevalence among adults since 1990. Additionally, a recent study from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the obesity incidence has doubled among children aged five to nineteen. Approximately 160 million children in this age group were obese in 2022, out of 390 million who were overweight.

The US is 36th out of 200 nations regarding total obesity.

Obesity is a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 or the recommended healthy upper limit for a particular height.  Obesity may be detected by using the Body Mass Index (BMI).

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a person’s body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing their kilogram weight by their height.

Your body mass index (BMI) is considered underweight if it is less than 18.5.

Your weight is considered healthy if it falls under 25.

A person is considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) is between 25.0 and less than 30.

A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or over is considered obese.

Reports show that researchers used a variety of body mass index (BMI) measures for adults, adolescents, and children to analyze data from 3,663 population-based research involving 222 million individuals.  From 1990 to 2022, researchers in over 200 different nations collected the relevant data.

According to the WHO, ‘obesogenic’ surroundings, genetics, and psycho-social factors, are the leading causes of obesity. Medication side effects, illness, immobility, iatrogenic operations, and hereditary abnormalities are some of the single most important etiological variables in specific individuals.

Some structural factors contribute to an obesogenic environment, increasing the possibility of obesity in various settings. These factors include a lack of affordable, locally sourced, healthy food options.

According to Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical professor of medicine, the globe is in trouble due to undernourishment and obesity. Siegel noted that overall rates of undernutrition have decreased, but it remains a public health concern in many regions, such as Africa and Asia.