China is home to the second-largest population of obese people in the world, just behind the United States (USA!! USA!), according to a study published in The Lancet, an international medical journal.
More than half of the world’s obese population lives in 10 countries, the study found. The US tops off the list with a triumphant 86.9 million obese people followed, in a panting effort, by China with around 62 million obese, or more than nine percent of the world’s obese population.
Conducted by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the study, which is the first of its kind, analysed data from 188 countries over 33 years and found that nearly 30 per cent of the world’s population – or 2.1 billion people – were either overweight or obese last year, up from 857 million people in 1980.
Over the same period, overweight and obesity rates among adults have increased for both men (to 37 per cent from 29 per cent) and women (to 38 per cent from 30 per cent).
Also alarming is the rate at which child obesity has risen in recent years. Among the 188 countries included in the report, China had the fourth-greatest increase in overweight/obesity prevalence among children.
At the end of last year, it was reported that China’s diabetic population actually surpassed that of the US, attributed in part to the country’s spike in junk food consumption.
These are the top 10 most obese countries:
1. United States
We could all do with more naked running.