More People are Now Obese Than Underweight

Globally, the proportion of people who are underweight has declined, dropping about 5% in the last 4 decades.

On the other hand, the drop has been offset by a rise in the number of obese people, who now outnumber the underweight 641 million to 462 million, BBC reports. For men, the obesity percentage rose from 3.2% in 1975 to 10.8% in 2014; and for women, it rose from 6.4% to a whopping 14.9% over the same period, according to a new study in The Lancet. The researchers say this makes the chances of reaching the World Health Organization’s global obesity target—no rise by 2025 over 2010 numbers—at best, a fat chance.