People in eastern North Carolina — and nearly everywhere — might only have suspected as much until their observations were confirmed on Wednesday by someone who knows: the world is fat.
The evidence was presented to local scientists, students and the public during a lecture at the East Carolina Heart Institute by Barry Popkin, a UNC-Chapel Hill distinguished professor of nutrition and author of “The World Is Fat: the fads, trends, policies, and products that are fattening the human race.”
Popkin shared the numbers on worldwide obesity at his presentation, sponsored by the departments of nutrition science, biochemistry and molecular biology and the East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute. There are now approximately two billion people across the globe who are overweight or obese, compared with 600-800 million who now are underweight, based on the percentage of body fat (BMI).
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