World Obesity Levels Surge 

The Overseas Development Institute said more meat, fat and sugar in the diets of emerging nations means more cancer, diabetes and heart attacks across the globe.

Look at the person to your left, now to the person on your right: statistically speaking one of you is likely overweight.

One in three adults around the world — that's 1.46 billion if you're counting — is obese or overweight, according to a new report from the Overseas Development Institute.

The ODI said that between 1980 and 2008, the numbers of obese adults increased by 23 percent.

According to the report — called Future Diets — there are now more overweight adults in the developing world than in the wealthier countries of Europe and North America.

That's nearly 1 billion overweight adults in emerging nations (up from 250 million 30 years ago). And it's because we’re all eating more meat, fat and sugar, and less fruit and vegetables.

Since 1980, overweight and obesity rates have almost doubled in China and Mexico, and risen by one-third in South Africa, which now has a higher rate than the United Kingdom.

North Africa, the Mideast and Latin America all have rates on par with the United States, home of the world's largest soda cups.


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