“Globally the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese grew from 23% in 1980 to 34% in 2008 [a total of 1.46 billion people], with the vast majority of this increase seen in the developing world. Here, the numbers of people affected more than tripled, from around 250 million people in 1980 to
904 million in 2008. By contrast, the number of people who were overweight or obese in high-income countries increased 1.7 times over the same period,’’ according to a new report titled Future Diets published in January 2014 by Overseas Development Institute.
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