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Obesity rivals smoking and war among self-inflicted health risks
Obesity rivals smoking and war among self-inflicted health risks

Among the self-inflicted health risks plaguing the world, obesity now rivals smoking and armed conflict as a leading cause of death, a global research group reported Thursday. The study by the McKinsey Global Institute in London found that more than 2.1 billion people, nearly 30% of the worldwide population, are overweight or obese. That is 2 1/2 times the proportion of adults and children who are undernourished. If the current ascendant trend continues, the report warns, half the world will be too fat by 2030. Excess weight adds $2 trillion in costs to public health services and it is responsible for at least 5% of deaths each year, the researchers reported. "Obesity isn't...

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