- Health Impact News - https://healthimpactnews.com -

Study: American Waistlines Expand at Fastest Pace Among Rich Nations.


Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg [1]

by Eva von Schaper

Americans grew fatter at a faster pace than residents of any other wealthy nation since 1980, during a period when obesity worldwide nearly doubled, researchers found.

Almost 10 percent of the world’s population was obese in 2008, according to studies [2] published today by the medical journal The Lancet [3]. The percentage of people with uncontrolled hypertension, or high blood pressure, fell, with high-income countries showing a larger drop. Cholesterol levels declined inNorth America [4]Australia [5] and Europe [6], but increased in East and Southeast Asia as well as the Pacific region, researchers said.

Read the Full Article Here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-04/american-waistlines-expand-at-fastest-pace-among-rich-nations-study-finds.html [1]