Study: Obesity Rates Have Surged In Developing World

One third of the planet is now obese or overweight, according to a new report

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The number of obese or overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled from 250 million to 904 million between 1980 and 2008, according to a study published this month by a UK think tank. Over the same period obesity rates in high-income countries increased by 1.7 times.

One third of all adults worldwide—1.46 billion people—are now overweight or obese, says the report from the Overseas Development Institute. But by 2008, more people were overweight and obese in developing countries (904 million) than in richer countries (557 million).

The developing world’s dramatic weight gain since 1980 is due primarily to two factors, says the report: richer diets and more sedentary lifestyles. More people in poorer countries are earning enough to move from diets built on cereals and tubers to diets rich in meat, fat and sugar, and now have increasingly stationary lives. That’s leading to rising global incidence of diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

“What has changed,” says the report, “is that the majority of the people who are overweight or obese today can be found in the developing, rather than the developed, world.”

53 comments
kent-c
kent-c

This from answers.com: "85.4% (5,727,771,964) of the world's population lives in developing countries."

Hence, by dint of sheer numbers, It's not surprising that "by 2008, more people were overweight and obese in developing countries".

brosereed
brosereed

We the obese are performing a vital service to the planet - sequestering carbon.

FitnessPatterns1
FitnessPatterns1

It appears human behavior is 1. Predictable and 2. Hard to change!


I love how people blame food all the time. Food causes people to become obese as much as guns kill people. There is always a PERSON making a decision before the outcome occurs.


Also, if people had better access to exercise education they might be able to burn those yummy calories they consume so frequently. I started www.FitnessPatterns.com to offer equal access to beginner exercise education. At least this way people can attack obesity on their own personal level!


Happy New Year everybody!

MollyCruz
MollyCruz

I suspect, trusting as I do large scale human behavior, that we are facing a period of annihilation and intuitively, the species is readying itself for this trauma by storing calories, like bears before hibernation.  It makes perfect sense. We are scheduled for something that periodically upsets life on the planet; but this time we are armed, thanks to a series of wars from which we attained unprecedented power. It all works out quite neatly, actually; thanks to our scientific bent. Cheer up. We're the good guys here. We're going to protect the planet this time an asteroid shows up. 


We might consider having fewer children and taking better care of the ones we do have. But on the whole, things are moving according to schedule, if you get Nature's Agenda; which puts us in the unenviable position of planet saviors...using bombs to thwart destruction, instead of the other thing they're good for... what was that? Oh yes, Killing people!  Well, no matter; we've got them now and by gum we're going to need them for fighting the Universe. See how it all works out? Who knew!

JamesLawler
JamesLawler

Monsanto, GMO's, glutens, fillers, antibiotics, pesticides, etc, etc, etc. Welcome to the world of corporate profits over peoples health. 

pendragon05
pendragon05

Welcome to the era of fast food diets, three times a day.

mrknowitall1962
mrknowitall1962

According to the b.s. bmi index most people you would consider at a healthy weight are overweight. Yes we are gaining weight  in general. We are also getting taller. 100 years ago that was a good thing. What opinions will change in the next century? What was once a sign of success is now a negative social issue. More people than ever are living at the poverty level and that limits most of the affordable food choices to High cal and high fat. Few people take the time to prepare proper meals at home. Many of the working mans jobs have been outsourced and automated making us exert ourselves less on the job. How about some class action lawsuits against those producing these addictive foods. Maybe the Government likes this so all the overweight people will die at retirement age rather then collecting benefits from a bankrupt system? Time will tell.

Handthumb
Handthumb

So what is the standard that they used to say what constitutes being overweight obesity? Height to weight ratio? Body fat? And how overweight do you have to be to be considered obese? Just curious since the author decided to hold that information from us. It's easy to be overweight. You could be big boned or whatever. Now obesity, that takes a lot of work I am sure. I need to change my career. If I could write an article like this and get paid, it would be skatesville for sure. 

TonyWilliams
TonyWilliams

Praise the Lord.  We are a blessed people.  This news surely beats having a third of the people going to bed hungry or caught up in famine. Praise, hallelujah.  This is truly good news.  (Unless you're a journalist, then you just like to look at the bad side of everything).

jd99501
jd99501

Very, very odd. To me its all just fat hate. Fat=ugly=bad. Depending on your DNA fat can be very devestating. I know many, many skinny people with crippling Heart disease. I mean even super tight awsome looking Mr.universe winner Arnold had a triple by pass. Nobody talks about those people. Did you know you can be skinny and be more fat than a fat looking person? The amount of visceral fat around your organs. That determines your risk for disease. You can be superman fit and awsome looking go out Bing drinking one night be dead the next day due to fatty liver. This is all very scientific please dont believe me and look it up yourself. Stress kills people more than fat itself. Ptsd sufferers like myself has to battle with a nasty hormone called cortisol. Once again look it up. 


Hey want to fat bash fine due it right stop quoting medical nonsense that changes every five years. Say," hey! Your fat and ugly. I dont want to see it" Its a harsh thing to say. At least its the truth and factual. I mean I go to the quick stops I can count on one hand the number of products there that are actually benifical. The rest you can guess of course mass sugar and fats in every serving. And if you stand there half a day and count the number of "fat" people who actually buy the crap Food you would be shocked how fe there are.


Any skinny person who feels macho enough can try to get between a Samoan and his cornbeef. I would love to see that in person. I think people say all this as they could never say it to a fat persons face. Might get your ass kicked. Nothing funnier than watching a fat guy knock out a skinny/toned Guy out. Bet that lead singer from Danzig wont forget it. And anybody who fought butterbean in the ring wouldnt call him a weak fatty. 


See folks those are facts. The live fast, die young, leave a great looking corpse went out in the 80s folks.



MichaelArmstrong
MichaelArmstrong

At least in the US we will have all the young invincibles eagerly signing up for healthcare to pay for all the obesity related medical expenses from people who can't put down the fork.

michaelphilipwalker
michaelphilipwalker

The BMI scale used way overestimates the number of "overweight" people. For example, I'm 5'11" and 179 lbs and am considered overweight, according to my BMI. There's no good evidence that being slightly overweight has any negative impact on your health.

skzhukov
skzhukov

Citing Prevention Magazine as a source of "facts" is an adventure in the realms of science fiction.

ahille
ahille

Funny, Prevention Magazine has a much more substantial article on the sudden increase in obesity, but it has scientific studies to quote for the causes: "obesogens" and endocrine disruptors that are found in the environment due to increased use of certain chemicals.  These Time "articles" are getting shorter and shorter and based on fewer and fewer facts.  The obesogens are found to cause changes in DNA that cause 15% increase in weight for mice fetuses of exposed mothers, as well as for GENERATIONS thereafter.  These are as important, if not more, as the factors this Time article cites, in the increase of obesity and diabetes. 

skzhukov
skzhukov

Less hunger.  Less malnutrition.  Less starvation. Let them eat an be happy.  The chance of diabetes at 50 beats the hell out of dieing of starvation at 16.  Send the food police to Mars.

fredsgirl
fredsgirl

I am about 6 months into  a gluten free diet, for health reasons.  The side effect has been about 3/4 to 1 pound of weight a week.  I have gone from 218 to 201 pounds in 3 months.  The weight loss isn't consistent, I have lost more some weeks, but it I do lose weight every week.  And over Christmas I binged with a capital B.  I still lost 1 pound from Christmass to New Years.  I don't know if it is a gluten free diet, or not eating commercially produced foods, cookies, pies, snacks etc.

Yoshi
Yoshi

They used to be starving, and the push was to feed them. Now what?

SandraJohnsonHall
SandraJohnsonHall

@JamesLawler

Sandra Johnson Hall      Obesity, Candida and major health problems are fed by sugar and processed foods, if you do not change the way you feed your body, you are putting a bandage on the problem. You must eat for health....NOT just pleasure. Fresh vegetables including raw and of every color. Probiotics to help build strong...healthy bacteria in the intestines helps build up the immune system to kill off bad bacteria and parasites including Candida. A daily colon cleans of herbs to keep the body eliminating after each meal is essential. This will prevent rotting foods in the intestines from sending toxins and poisons into every organ and tissue of the body. This will cause gas, bloating, pain in the joints and muscles, sleeplessness, fatigue and mental problems. We all need to think and pay attention to how we eat 90 percent of the time. NOT when we have destroyed our immune systems by eating junk...packaged...processed....fast foods because it is easier. Healthy food needs to be a priority. Instead of being eaten when we have time and junk food 90 percent of our meals. You ARE what you eat is REAL! You have complete control over what you put into your mouth and body! Most disease is the result of eating patterns that we learned.....good health and a happy body requires us to be re-educated and adopt a new life style of eating. Look at what goes into your grocery cart....pay attention. Food corporations spend a lot of money on ways to seduce you through advertising and create foods that produce food cravings that cause addictions...like sugar. Every processed food generally has some form of sugar in it. It has been clinically proven to be as addictive as cocaine! 

Tebob2
Tebob2

@JamesLawler It's not about Big-Brother-Food, it's about not getting off our glutton, obese, huge asses & taking responsibility (REAL-PERSONAL responsibility) for the bodies we deserve and earn! Grow up, the dog did not eat your homework or shove the fries in your face! 

cerbico
cerbico

@pendragon05 I was depressed after my ex divorced me after 5 yrs of marriage. I had to pay her 2 mil plus her attorney fees another 50K   so I put on 30 lbs.  I just did not care.   I then went on a 3 month MacDonald Diet...which i do not recommend  2  egg white delights for breakfast.. and 2  grilled chicken southwest salads for dinner..  The weight melted off.  I am in my 50's.  I have totally given up on women and the idea of marriage which is just a legal contract to steal from the other party with assets.   But I do salute fast food restaurants and Mickey Ds  am back wearing my Armani and Hickey Freeman suits again.  cheers

Tebob2
Tebob2

@TonyWilliams The facts are: 70% of Americans are clinically overweight and 33% are clinically obese. Less than 20% exercise routinely. We are suffering from massive gluttony and laziness, period. You can praise the Lord all you want. I am a Christian businessman who can read statistics and see around me the gluttony, people riding motorized scooters, suffering from early Diabetes, strokes, hip & knee diseases due to excess weight and early cancers-that are proven results of frequent obesity at earlier ages. You can call this blessed but I call this lack of personal responsibility, laziness and gluttony, period. Eating sugar-filled and fat-filled junk and blaming everyone but themselves, a lack of taking responsibility for their own bodies. You EARN the body you have, one way or the other.  -MS in Health (and a realist!) 

bententen247
bententen247

@TonyWilliams, I call it the real side of things, like a nation of undeserving, and ungrateful, gluttons.

artis.nyc
artis.nyc

@jd99501fat is ugly and gross and smelly and naaaasty.  please die.

Poneros
Poneros

@jd99501


It is not common for skinny people to have the health conditions you mention, but it is extremely common for individuals to die from weight related conditions you seem to think 'couldn't happen to you'.

toschpdx
toschpdx

@jd99501What are you, about 9 years old?

1 nobody in the article is hating fat or ugly

2 enough visceral fat around the organs to be unhealthy is enough not to appear "skinny". Ever

3 superman fit would mean no fatty liver

4 your "science"? sucks and has no meaning

5 talk to a doctor, don't "look it up"

6 "funnier than watching a knock out"? Indicates your maturity level

7 Ever seen an old, morbidly obese person? Never. They die young, and not from stress.

8 I'm sorry you are so overweight and sensitive to others educating themselves about health but by the time your 12, you will get over most of it. Hopefully you will find a doctor who can prescribe a diet and exercise program that works for you.

jd99501
jd99501

@MichaelArmstrong 

And I am sure they wont be paying for all the alcoholics and drugs users. Naw only obese people.


You know what I have never seen. A fat meth addict. 

michaelphilipwalker
michaelphilipwalker

@fredsgirl Gluten or processed foods have nothing to do with being overweight. If you eat less calories than you burn, you will lose weight. Period.

jd99501
jd99501

@Tebob2 

Lol. Hold on let me wipe away a tear. This guy has all the answers everybodies just lazy. Oh please. You couldnt stand one day of work with me king Fisher. See you dont know me. But because I have a weight issue you know my entire history. Not to mention my lifestyle. You know all of that. 


Here is a few things you dont know. 

I am a business owner of a plumbing and heating company in Alaska. 

I work in up to -20 below weather with just coveralls on for up to two hours. Hat, gloves, double turteneck below that.

I have never had frost bite or broken bones. My back is perfect and my knees are excellent. 

I work 12hr days crawling under houses and I can get my large frame into any area 24" square and get back out. Kneeling down up and down etc........

I can carry WATER HEATERS half filled with water

I can bust most rusted fittings without the need of a cheater bar. 

I have a crew of all younger skinny guys. I work circles around all of them. 

Takes two sometimes Three of them to lift what I can alone. 

Oh as far as your degree goes. I make 10k a week without one. 

My bp is 124/54 is yours that good?  

My blood sugar is a rock hard 98-99

Everybody who sees me assumes I weigh 250. 

I get compliments from members of the military, police, and fire for how agile I am.

Sooooooo while your talking crap about people you dont know.

Oh I am 42 and actually 420lbs. I know alot about skinny people, alcoholism, and drugs because in my past younger life I was a bouncer. Oh yeah real life experience. Like I said I have watched alcohol and drugs put people in the hospital, jail, or the morgue wayyyyyy more than fat. Ask a prison guard why everybodies in jail. Ask an er doctor what brings in the most people. Ask a mortician. See because of my work and past experiences I know many, many people. 




TonyWilliams
TonyWilliams

@Tebob2This reply isn't so much aimed at you as people who aren't self-righteous prigs. Global hunger now afflicts nearly a billion people worldwide. Severe acute malnutrition, however, is the more immediate killer: it threatens the lives of 19 million children. Every year at least 3.5 million of them die from malnutrition-related causes.  You can be grateful to the Lord for his blessings or you can mount you high horse, with your listen-to-me megaphone and your heart on your sleeve. But in that case it's always about you, never another human soul.  Which caused the malnutrition problems to exist in the first place.

TonyWilliams
TonyWilliams

@bententen247Thus the difference between joyful people worth being around, and evil, pig-headed pessimists that don't have a friend in the world.

jd99501
jd99501

@Tebob2 @jd99501 

No your wrong. I didnt get Big till after I found my son dead on the floor. Ptsd does nasty things to you. One of them is cortisol. If you had the education you claimed you would have caught that from my other posts. And I have been clinicly diagnosed with it. 


Your just the boy who cried fat. You have no intention of helping anyone. You simply enjoy being critical. 

jd99501
jd99501

@toschpdx @jd99501 

I did notice you skipped over the Arnold example.

Fat doesnt equall healthy

Skinny doesnt either

I am just saying just because your fat doesnt mean your going to fall over dead tomorrow.Thats what articles like this are trying to get people to believe.


So how many people in the world smoke? Number one cause of lung cancer not fat.

So how many people drink excessivly? Number one cause of liver after hep a,c failure not fat. 


But I dont see huge headlines on the newest statistics on alcoholism or smoking trends. Only on obesity. 

So if that isnt fat hating then what is?


I know three Asian guys very skinny that are not related all are type 2 diabetic. I know 4 very fit fireman all have Heart disease. 


I am not giving fat a free pass here. But being skinny gives you no guarantee of anything. 


Drugs and alcohol have put more people in jail, the hospital, and the morgue than being fat. 


And yes please ask any Endo on cortisol, being skinny and having type 2 diabetes, and anything else I posted here. I want you too. 


Here something for you. My son died in his sleep. When we warned the Neuro about that he was having problems with his epilepsy and breathing. The Neuro decided due to his size that it could ONLY be due to sleep apnea. It is on his death certificate that he died from SUDEP. A condition that has been recorded for 3000yrs. Not death due to fat. 


So as far as I can say it fat doesnt equal heathly and neither does skinny. Stop lying and start focusing on the real things that are killing us.


TheYaoiReview
TheYaoiReview

@michaelphilipwalker You're over simplifying it. People with gluten issues can retain water because their bodies are having a reaction to it. If I eat the same calories of gluten-filled foods compared to gluten-free foods, I guarantee you I will weight more because of water retention. And I'm not talking a mere pound or two. It can be a lot. 

Tebob2
Tebob2

@TonyWilliams @Tebob2 Nice try at using God & changing the subject to starvation to justify your fatness Tony. Please, I run 6X a week and saw your photo. You're unfit and that's what your ranting and attempted justifications against fitness are about. Unless you put a profile photo of a fit person, your efforts are an "Epic Fail" there. As kingdc says below- you're ranting about something totally unrelated to fitness and obesity (the article, remember, after your drifting????), You rant about the starving.. this article is NOT about the starving… it's about the unfit and sorry that hits home with you Tony. Facts are facts, if you're overweight you're overweight, period. And, you are- THAT is the issue and you clearly are over-reactive about your personal gut there. Quit your ranting and changing the subject to justify your own lack of personal responsibility. Per. your doctor addressing YOUR weight issue, quit ranting and go exercise! You changing the subject from the article hasn't burned one calorie for you and you need to burn more than one.  

kingdc
kingdc

@TonyWilliams His point was that no one said anything about malnutrition being better than obesity or that more people should be starving. Your indignation is out of place. This article was about people being obese, which is a serious public health issue.

TonyWilliams
TonyWilliams

@Tebob2@TonyWilliams "Not taking care of your body there" what kind of sleazy let's-change-the -subject-cause-I'm-wrong approach is that?  Last time I heard that approach I was talking with a six year old.  My doctor, who just gave me my last physical 3 weeks ago, claimed I was in excellent shape though he did suggest I should put on some weight since I'm a little skinny.  I tell you what little boy, why don't you and I have a five mile race.  If you want to back out you can since I run about three or four of those a week.  How much time a week do you spend getting your body in shape?  I might suggest the time would be better spent getting your mind in shape.  It's obvious your mind part doesn't get any exercise.  Come see me when you turn 62 years old  and are running 15 miles a week like me little boy.  Let's hope your attitude grows up but based on your response that's not likely to ever happen.

Tebob2
Tebob2

@TonyWilliams @Tebob2 No one is arguing about the starvation of many world people. I think you're very defensive since you are clearly not taking care of your body there. Good luck on taking better care of the "Temple" that God gave you and less of trying to avoid the issue and news at hand. 

Tebob2
Tebob2

@TonyWilliams @bententen247 Tony, Go eat more bon bons, twinkies and fries….. you'll feel all better! 

TheYaoiReview
TheYaoiReview

@artis.nyc You don't have to buy a product made by a company to eat gluten free. There are plenty of foods that don't have gluten. And again, ***there are plenty of people who eat this way that feel better because of it.*** If you don't have a problem, then what is your concern? Leave it to those of us who do. It honestly has nothing to do with you.

TheYaoiReview
TheYaoiReview

@TheInsomniac There are plenty of people sensitive to gluten with proven results by removing it from their diet. Call it what you want but evidence is evidence. 

TheInsomniac
TheInsomniac

@TheYaoiReview @michaelphilipwalker Gluten intolerance is the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome of today. It doesn't exist, except in a very small subset of people with clear medical conditions like celiac disease or allergies.