Some 2.1 billion people, almost 30 percent of the world’s population, are overweight or obese. Data from 1980 to 2013 show that the biggest increases in the prevalence of obesity in women occurred in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Honduras and Bahrain, and for men, in New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
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