One in three people overweight

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13 January 2014

The number of overweight and obese adults – classed as having a body mass index (BMI) above 25 – grew globally from 23% to 34% between 1980 and 2008, according to a report by the UK-based Overseas Development Institute.

BMI is index of weight-for-height, defined as person’s weight in kilograms divided by square of height in metres (kg/m2).

BMI provides population-level measure of overweight and obesity as it is same for both sexes and for all ages of adults. It allows data from different studies to be compared.

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