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Report: World Obesity Threatens Global Food Security

As reported by TIME Magazine, a new report found that the world’s excessive obesity prevalence threatens our planet’s food security. The world’s population is just under 7 billion people, but it’s not the number of mouths to feed that is concerning, researchers say. According to the World Health Organization, the world’s population weighs 316 million tons, 16.5 million of which is excess weight. As most know, larger bodies demand more energy (i.e. food) to survive, so as waistlines grow alongside the population, the demand for food may exceed supply.

The most alarming piece of information for US residents is that 34% of the total weight exists in the United States, while only 6% of the world’s population lives in North America.

Professor Ian Roberts, who led the research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), says that people may not be eating more these days, but they are becoming more sedentary. “We do not move our bodies so much but we are biologically programmed to eat,” he told the magazine, and encouraged initiatives to get people more physically active.

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