According to a study recently published in The Lancet, the number of obese adults worldwide has skyrocketed over the past 40 years. In 1975 the number of obese adults was 105 million. Today that number has grown to 640 million. According to the study’s author, consumption of large amounts of highly processed carbohydrates has at least in part contributed to the obesity epidemic.
Excess weight leads to unhealthy people which, in turn, results in additional burden on the health care system. According to a statement out of George Washington University, “We should be nervous about the tsunami of diabetes that is coming our way. The cost of this rise in the prevalence of obesity is going to be staggering.”