Global increase in obesity tied to rural areas


Worldwide, the obesity rate has tripled since 1975, and rural areas may be to blame.

A new study found there’s a prevailing belief that more people moving to cities has contributed to rising obesity numbers– but it may not be true.

Members of the n-c-d risk factor collaboration — an international group of health scientists — looked at data from more than two thousand studies on how body-mass-index has changed globally from 1985 to 2017.

In total, the new study covers 112 million adults.

The study found, in general, more than 55 percent of the rise in BMI worldwide came from rural populations.

Researchers say this is possibly due to people in those areas having a less active lifestyle.

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