Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
This World Obesity Day, we bring you 6 terrifying lesser-known facts of Obesity.
Global over-eating has become a bigger problem than world hunger with more people now obese than underweight. More than 603 million adults and 107 million children (out of a global population of around 7.5 billion) are obese.
Which nation has the highest levels of obesity? Telegraph Travel took data from the CIA’s World Factbook and, contrary to what some may believe, it is not the US that tops the chart, but rather American Samoa – an unincorporated territory of the United States in the South Pacific – where a whopping 74.6 per cent are considered to be obese.
India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China, according to a study that has found that 14.4 million children in the country have excess weight.
“Good”, or HDL, cholesterol normally helps to keep arteries clear and is good for heart health. However, recent researches show that good cholesterol’ (HDL) can ‘turn bad’ and solidify into fat-clogs.
A lack of sleep really does make you fat. Sleep deprivation slows the metabolism, causing the body to burn fewer calories.
People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions.
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