Increasing rates of obesity are not unique to the United States. Rates of obesity are increasing around the globe.
The World Health Organization projects at, as of 2005, 1.6 billion adults were overweight and at least 400 million were obese. Approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and 700 million will be obese by 2015. WHO | Obesity and overweight
The Global Prevalence of Obesity is tracked by the International Obesity Task Force, a wealth of data is available at ..:: IOTF.ORG – International Obesity Taskforce ::..
The prevalence of obesity among children is increasing worldwide. Worldwide trends in childhood overweight and obesi…[Int J Pediatr Obes. 2006] – PubMed Result
The increasing trends worldwide appear to affect the children from higher, not lower, socioeconomic status Obesity among pre-adolescent and adolescents of a …[Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2004] – PubMed Result
Prevalence is also increasing in Europe The epidemic of obesity in children and adolescent…[Cent Eur J Public Health. 2006] – PubMed Result
In India, undernutrition and obesity are co-occuring. Patterns, distribution, and determinants of under-…[Am J Clin Nutr. 2006] – PubMed Result
The cause appears to reflect dramatic changes in diet in urban areas and in reductions in physical activity The nutrition transition and obesity in the develo…[J Nutr. 2001] – PubMed Result. Some of the effects may be due to changes in income levels. Rapid income growth adversely affects diet quality…[Soc Sci Med. 2004] – PubMed Result. See also, Poverty and obesity: the role of energy density an…[Am J Clin Nutr. 2004] – PubMed Result and The real contribution of added sugars and fats to …[Epidemiol Rev. 2007] – PubMed Result
As one would expect, the worldwide incidence of diabetes is also increasing Global Prevalence of Diabetes — Diabetes Care