According to the researchers, data collected from 63 countries shows that worldwide, 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight while 24 percent of men and 27 percent of women are obese. This study was carried out from the information of 168,000 men and women between the ages of 18 to 80 who are being evaluated by their family doctors (Via Yahoo News).
"The study results show that excess body weight is pandemic, with one-half to two-thirds of the overall study population being overweight or obese," lead author Beverley Balkau, director of research at INSERM in France, said in a prepared statement. INSERM is the French equivalent of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Obesity is becoming a big medical and public health problem in many countries.
Governments need to take more preventive measures -- such as encouraging people to exercise and providing more access to physical activity -- in order to halt rising rates of overweight and obesity, Balkau said.