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The U.S. Is the Fattest Country in the World

According to a new report, 30% of the world is obese, and the U.S. tops the list.

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The United States is home to 13% of the world’s fat population, the largest percentage of any other country in the world, according a new study published in the Lancet. In fact, around 30% is now overweight or obese.

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Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are heavy. The U.S. leads the pack, while China and India combined for 15% of the world’s overweight population, according to the report. And the concern isn't just the percentage of the world that has crossed over into obesity, but the Associated Press reports that no country has been able to reverse the trend in the last decades.

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“It’s pretty grim," said Christopher Murray of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who led the study. “When we realize that not a single country has had a significant decline in obesity, that tells you how hard a challenge this is.”


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