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Lancet study: Overweight total tops 2.1bn globally

The number of people in the world who are obese or overweight has topped 2.1 billion, up from 875 million in 1980, according to figures published in the Lancet.

US, China and Russia had the highest rates and the UK was third in Western Europe, the 188-country study showed.

Alpa Patel reports.

  • 29 May 2014
  • From the section Health
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