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Global Obesity Now Worse Than Smoking

Increasing Global Obesity Rate

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  • The global cost of obesity is now $2 trillion annually, nearly as much as the global cost of smoking ($2.1 trillion) and armed violence ($2.1 trillion)
  • Nearly half of the world's adult population may be overweight or obese by 2030
  • Worldwide, obesity is responsible for about 5 percent of all deaths every year

By Dr. Mercola

More than 2.1 billion people, or close to 30 percent of the global population, are overweight or obese. This is more than double the number of adults and children who are undernourished.

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