Fat facts: China is gaining on U.S.



The Global Burden of Disease study, published in the Lancet, crunches data from  from 1980 to 2013 and shows how around the world, we’re getting rounder. 

“Obesity is an issue affecting people of all ages and incomes, everywhere,” says Christopher Murray, director of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle and a founder of the study.

China may have the most obese people, but it’s still No. 2. The U.S. retains the heavy weight crown. Whew!

That may be not for long, however. A quarter of Chinese adults are  overweight compared with one in ten in 1980, notes The Economist, which turned the study’s bulky data into this lean and mean chart. (Click on chart to see a larger image.)