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The 'Vast Majority' of American Adults Are Overweight

The rest of the planet isn't doing so well staying skinny, either.
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Should the world's nations unite, maybe they should choose this to go on the new flag: a big, bulging gut popping off rapid-fire rounds of shirt buttons. That's because humanity is getting heavier and heavier, with almost one-third of the planet's population now classified as overweight or obese.

The United States in particular is struggling with major poundage, according to just-released research from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The "vast majority" of American adults are overweight or obese, and it has the highest proportion of these weight conditions out of 188 countries, according to the study. (That's 13 percent of the global total, despite only 5 percent of people living there). In the U.S., about three-quarters of men and 60 percent of women have a weight problem. And the youth is in its own worrisome category, with nearly 30 percent of boys and girls under 20 said to be overweight or obese, a rise from 19 percent in 1980.