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More than a billion people worldwide are obese, WHO study finds

London, UK  Reuters More than a billion people globally are now considered obese, a condition linked to an increased risk of numerous serious health problems, according to updated estimates from the World Health Organization and an international group of researchers. Obesity is so prevalent it has become more common than being underweight in most nations, […]

More than half of the world will be overweight or obese by 2035 – report

FILE PHOTO: Visitors to the Southbank are seen reflected in rainwater, in London, Britain, December 29, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

London, UKReuters More than half of the world’s population will be overweight or obese by 2035 without significant action, according to a new report. The World Obesity Federation’s 2023 atlas predicts that 51 per cent of the world, or more than four billion people, will be obese or overweight within the next 12 years.  Visitors […]

“Look beyond hunger” says UN as one in four lack access to healthy food

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RomeThomson Reuters Foundation More than two billion people lack access to healthy food, putting them at risk of health problems – and many of them live in North America or Europe, the United Nations said on Monday, urging governments to “look beyond hunger”. More than a quarter of the world’s population now struggles to eat […]

Global obesity rising faster in rural areas than cities, study finds


LondonReuters Global rates of obesity among people who live in the countryside are rising faster than those among city dwellers, in part due to greater access in urban areas to healthier foods and places to exercise, researchers said on Wednesday.  In a study of 33 years of trends in body mass index (BMI) across 200 […]

Fat and happy: the comforts of practicing a religion

Pew Happiness

RNS People who are active in their religious congregations tend to be happier, a new Pew survey finds. But that advantage doesn’t extend to their waistlines. In a large meta-analysis of 35 countries, Pew researchers found that religiously active people around the world report a range of desirable health and social outcomes. They vote and volunteer more. They […]

Obesity, bad nutrition, climate change pose triple danger, commission says


Thomson Reuters Foundation Obesity, undernutrition and climate change are the biggest threats to the world population, linked by profit motives and policy inertia, a top commission said on Sunday, calling for a binding plan and trillions of dollars to thwart the dangers. A $US1 billion fund and action strategies targeting food policy and production are […]

From obese to starving, nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for new approach

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Thomson Reuters Foundation With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is produced to stem rising rates of malnutrition. Eating unhealthy food, or not having enough food, has led to rising rates of […]

“What we’re eating is killing us” – global nutrition report


BangkokThomson Reuters Foundation Poor diets are among the top causes of ill health globally, accounting for nearly one in five deaths, according to a study published on Thursday that called on governments and businesses to do more to improve eating habits. Eating unhealthy food, or not having enough food – including children unable to breastfeed […]