This combination of file photos made on April 1, 2016 in Paris shows (From L) obese people in Los Angeles in July 30, 2003, Mexico City on May 20, 2013 and Manchester on October 10, 2006. / AFP / Robyn BECK AND Ronaldo SCHEMIDT AND Paul ELLIS
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One in five adults could be obese by 2025, said a major survey Friday that warned of a looming epidemic of "severe obesity" with significant health and economic costs.The ratio of obese adults has more than doubled in the 40 years since 1975, and will climb further in the coming nine, the research showed.Among men globally, obesity tripled from 3.2 percent of the population in 1975 to 10.8 percent in 2014 (some 266 million), and among women it rose from 6.4 percent to 14.9 percent (375 million), said the survey – 12.9 percent combined.The ratio of underweight people in the world declined at a slower rate than obesity grew, said the authors – from about 13.8 percent in 1975 to 8.8 percent for men, and 14.6 percent to 9.7 percent for women.It used data from 1,698 studies involving 19.2 million adults from 186 countries which are home to 99 percent of the world's population.
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