The number of obese or overweight people in the developing world nearly quadrupled from 250 million to 904 million since 1980, according to a study published by a UK think tank.
The Overseas Development Institute said one in three adults all over the world is now overweight. It urged governments to do more to encourage diets, as they see it as a growing crisis.
In the UK, 64% are identified as being obese or overweight. Globally, the percentage of obese adults significantly increased from 23% to 34% between 1980 and 2008.
According to the report, the greatest growth occurred in southeast Asia, where the percentage tripled from 7% to 22%.
The ODI’s Future Diets, an analysis of public data about what the world eats, says the increase was due to changing diets and shift from eating cereals and grains to the consumption of more sugar, oils, fats, and animal produce.