Recent “Weight of the World Report” Underscores the Importance of the HealthCorps Mission

Posted 07/31/2014 | By HealthCorps

Obesity has now extended its reach worldwide, with rich and poor countries globally showing increasing rates of excess weight issues among the populace. Researchers report that 2.1 billion individuals worldwide, or 30% of the world’s population, is either overweight or obese. The data gathered covers 188 nations, from the years 1980 through 2013.

The biggest rise in female obesity rates occurred in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Honduras and Bahrain.  Among men, New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States showed the biggest spikes in obesity rates. In fact, the United States, the richest country, is home to the biggest chunk of this new statistic – 13% of the 2.1 billion overweight or obese individuals live in the U.S.

The report says that obesity now grips people of all ages, incomes and regions.  During the 33 years of the study, obesity grew by 28% in adults and by 47% in kids. That alarming jump among children is now pacing at 50%, meaning that the rate among children doubled. Programs like HealthCorps, and HealthCorps University (HCU), which offer classes and a curriculum that covers nutrition, fitness and mental resiliency, are crucial if we are to intercept the staggering trend in obesity, especially among kids and teens.

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