Happiness fact 37: 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese

Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are heavy. The U.S. has about 13 percent of the world's fat population, a greater percentage than any other country. China and India combined have about 15 percent.

Source: Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (2014)

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