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Hard-hitting Obesity Facts We Should All Be Aware Of
The term obese describes a person who's very overweight, with a lot of body fat. For an individual, obesity is usually a result of an imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.
Obesity is typically characterised by a weight gain of about 1–2 kg per year over a period of 15–25 years, depending on the individual. This rate of yearly weight gain is quite small when spread out over 365 days.  However with regular physical activity and healthy eating obesity can be managed and reduced.
Around the World
1. 65% of the world's population live in countries where being overweight and obese kills more people than being underweight.
2. Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
3. Currently, about 36% of American adults are obese which is more than 1 in 3. And globally, more than 1 in 10 humans are obese.
4. Nearly two-thirds of the UK population is either overweight or obese.
5. The lowest Obesity rates in the world were measured in:
Vietnam - 2.1%
Bangladesh - 3.6%
Timor-Leste - 3.8%
India - 3.9%
Cambodia - 3.9%
- Moderate Obesity (BMI’s between 30 and 35) cuts life expectancy by 2-4 years. Severe Obesity (BMI’s between 40 and 45) cuts life expectancy by an entire decade. 
- In the UK the government spends £14 million a year on anti-obesity social marketing however the food industry spends more than £1 billion a year on marketing. 
- The level of obesity is across different age groups varies largely :
20–39 years old — 32.3%
40–59 years old — 40.2%
60 years old or over — 37.0%
- In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese 
- Overall, about 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese in 2016 
- People who were obese had average medical costs $1,429 (£1112) more than those of a normal weight. 
- Roughly half of pregnant mothers in the U.S. are overweight or obese when they attend their first antenatal appointment 
- Mothers who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 had a 23 percent greater risk of having a baby with malformations than those with a normal BMI. For those with a BMI greater than 40, this risk was 37 percent higher.
- 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016 
- Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016 
- Nearly half of all overweight or obese children under 5 live in Asia.