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Is obesity a global problem?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The United States is not the only country struggling with a serious weight problem. Obesity is rapidly becoming a major concern all over the globe, according to the World Health Organization. About 1.5 billion adults on the planet are overweight; roughly one-third of them are clinically obese. That means that their weight places them at high risk for serious medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

Simply put, people all around the world are consuming more high-calorie foods and getting less physical activity. This combination results in weight gain. In fact, the problem of obesity is rising faster in some less-developed countries than in the United States. For instance, on the tiny island nation of Samoa, about three out of four people are obese, compared to about one in three in the United States.

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