New study says more people are obese than underweight

24/03/2016
A new global study has found that for the first time in history, more people are obese than underweight, and it's only going to get worse.
 
Almost a fifth of the world's obese adults live in six high-income countries, including New Zealand.
 
It comes as a group of health experts urge the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.
 
Worldwide, obese people now outnumber underweight people for the first time.
 
"Health professionals have been forecasting this to government for more than 10 years now. We've seen it coming and it's a sad day that we've now crossed that line," says Jeremy Krebs.
 
A study published in the Lancet medical journal shows the number of obese people has risen from 105 million to more than 600 million in 40 years.
 
And a fifth of the world's obese adults live in a handful of high-income countries, including New Zealand. "I think food is absolutely the main issue," says Dr Krebs.
 
But it's not necessarily the wealthy who weigh more, as countries like Japan and France buck the trend with low obesity rates.
 
"I think the issue there is the types of diets. Traditional diets eaten in those countries haven't really changed in the way they have in other countries such as New Zealand," says Mr Krebs.
 
More people here opt for fast food and convenience meals.
 
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