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British women under 20 'most overweight in Europe'

More girls under 20 are overweight or obese in the UK than anywhere else in western Europe, alarming new research has shown.

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Now more overweight people than were alive in 1927

A BMI of 25 to 29 is considered "overweight" while 30 and above is classified as "obese". Credit: Reuters

During the 33 years studied, global rates of being obese or overweight soared 28% in adults and 47% in children.

During that span, the number of overweight and obese people rose from 857 million in 1980 to 2.1 billion in 2013.

That number exceeds the total world population of 1927, when it first hit 2 billion.

Earth's population now tops 7 billion.

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