WORLD: Call for obesity review as number of overweight people reaches 1.7bn
Approaches to obesity management should be reviewed in light of a new assessment that up to 1.7 billion people worldwide could be overweight or obese, experts have warned. Professor Philip James, chairman of the London-based International Obesity TaskForce, has said that the revised figure, which is 50% higher than earlier estimates, meant that most governments were ignoring one of the biggest risks to health currently affecting the world's population.
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