UNDATED (MSNBC ) - 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.
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. In contrast, Asia has 61 per cent of the world's population but only 13 per cent of the world's weight due to obesity.
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