World population to reach 25% obesity by 2025

New research released in The Lancet shows that, if trends between 1978 and 2014 hold true, 25% of the world’s population will be severely or morbidly obese by the year 2025.

19.2 million subjects were studied in 186 countries since 1978. In this research, the global standardized BMI increased from 21.7 kg/m2 in 1975 to 24.2 kg/m2  in 2014 in men, and from 22.1 kg/m2 in 1975 to 24.4 kg/m2 in 2014 in women.

The percentage of people who are underweight has decreased during the same time period from 13.8% to 8.8% in men and from 14.6% to 9.7% in women.

The results of this study indicate that the likelihood of meeting the global obesity targets set by the United Nations in 2014 is nearly zero without serious intervention.

To read the study published by The Lancet, click here.