Report: World's population is 17 million tons overweight
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Obesity is threatening the world’s future food security, according to a study published Monday that calculated the weight of the global population at 316 million tons. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said increasing levels of fatness around the world could have the same impact on global resources as an extra half a billion people. In a report published in the journal BMC Public Health, the researchers estimated that 17 million tons of the global body mass was due to people being overweight. Despite only making up five per cent of the world's population, the United States accounts for almost a third of the world's weight due to obesity, the researchers found.
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