Australians are getting fatter

A study suggests that Australians are on par with Americans when it comes to obesity.
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01.Obesity rates climb worldwide

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A global study published in the medical journal The Lancet says that Australia’s obesity levels are now equal to those in the United States.

The analysis from The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 shows that globally there has been a jump in rates of obesity and overweight in both adults and children, with the number of overweight and obese people rising from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.

In high-income countries, some of the highest increases in adult obesity prevalence have been in the USA (where roughly a third of the adult population are obese), Australia (where 28% of men and 30% of women are obese), and the UK (where around a quarter of the adult population are obese).

Over the past three decades, the highest rises in obesity levels among women have been in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Honduras and Bahrain, and among men in New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. The study authors, who were led by Professor Emmanuela Gakidou of the University of Washington, have gone on the record to say that steps are urgently needed to slow down or reverse the trend. They say the report suggests the UN’s target to stop the rise of obesity by 2025 is unlikely to be reached without more research and action.

Canadian photographer Peter Menzel has been focusing on what people around the world consume in a day in A Worldwide Day’s Worth of Food.



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