The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A recent study published in the journal, The Lancet, reveals that obesity and overweight people are increasing worldwide. This is a battle that is being lost despite campaigns and global policies on healthy eating and exercise.

In 1980, there were 857 million people with overweight and obesity. Thirty years later, the figure is 2.1 billion affected: one third of the world population.

Costa Rica stands out in the study but not for good grades. The research analyzed the rates of obesity and overweight in 188 countries of the world and our country appears to have fallen on the heavier side.

According to the data, neither young or old is spared. It could even be said that Ticos are the fattest in Central America.

Adult women in the country are the worst sufferers of this disease, followed by men older than 20 years old, a pattern that is repeated in young people under 20 years.

The new estimates say that 21 out of 100 Costa Rican males under age 20 are overweight, while in the same age range, 7% are obese.

Women under age 20 have higher numbers. These estimates indicate that 38% of them are overweight, while 12 out of 100 girls are obese.

The results also indicated that last year in Costa Rica, 67 out of every 100 women 20 years or older were overweight, with 29 of the 100 being obese.

Overweight status was present in 55 of 100 men aged 20 and older. Meanwhile obesity appeared in 15% of the population.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica