Global Obesity Trends

This map, from the World Health Organization, offers a country-by-country look at adult obesity rates in 2008. While developed countries have much higher rates of obesity than developing countries, obesity is still a worldwide problem.

Global Obesity Map Medium (global-obesity-map-2008-medium.jpg)

Source: World Health Organization

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