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Obesity Epidemic Goes Global: One-in-Three Is Now Overweight or Obese

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  • An estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year. Worldwide, obesity claims an estimated 3.4 million lives annually
  • One-third of all cancers are directly related to excess weight
  • The number of overweight or obese people around the world has almost tripled, from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013
  • Of the more than 180 countries analyzed, the US carries the heaviest obesity burden, followed by China and India
  • Obesity is usually the result of inappropriate lifestyle choices, such as eating too much processed foods (high in carbs and low in healthy fats), and not fasting enough

By Dr. Mercola

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year, and that one-third of all cancers are directly related to excess weight.


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