A global problem
Right now more than 10% of the worlds population is obese. According to the Washington post, this 30-year high is one of the leading reasons for widespread health problems and millions of premature deaths.
A study compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations at the University of Washington took an in depth look at 195 countries and found that the rates of obesity at least doubled in 73 countries.
The growing cost of being healthy
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, recent reports project that "by 2030 half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese". The associated cost annually is $190.2 billion dollars. This growing number can potentially cripple economies already at the brink of financial instability.
Obesity is personal
The same study suggests that this trend has impacted the pockets of many Americans. In 2008 the growing medical care cost reached $147 billion dollars for those affected. With health care becoming less accessible to the most vulnerable, this preventable disease has no shortage of victims.