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Global population obesity fear

Researchers claim rising levels of obesity around the world could have the same implications for world resources as an extra one billion people.

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Weight gain around the world 'as damaging as rising population'

Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say that tackling population weight is crucial for food security and ecological sustainability, otherwise it will have the same impact as adding an extra billion people to the planet.

  • The world's adult population weighs 287 million tonnes
  • 15 million of which is due to being overweight
  • 3.5 million is due to obesity

Data: BMC Public Health

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