18.5 million tonnes of fat

Human Kinetics Sport, Health & Fitness Blog

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine estimated that the adult human population now weighs in at 287 million tonnes, 18.5 million of which is due to the overweight and obese.

Most of the ‘extra weight’ caused by the overweight and obese is concentrated in the rich part of the world, with the US supporting the most extra flesh and the UK coming in at 18th, despite our small population.

The study says that the world’s ‘spare tyre’ from consuming too much is not only shortening the lives of those individuals but driving climate change and destruction of the environment.

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