1 in 5 People will be Obese by 2025

Nutrition in the News, Andie Taney

Article Summary


“1 in 5 people will be obese by 2025, study says” by Joshua Berlinger, was posted on CNN.com on the 1st of April in 2016. According to the article obesity is a disease and it has gone global. Obesity has tripled among women and doubled among men in the past four decades. This study compared BMI starting from 1975 to 2015 in 200 different countries. According to the study in 1975, 2.6% of the world’s population was obese while in 2014, 8.9% of the worlds population was obese. The study also states that countries that speak English and have high incomes have more obese people than any of the other countries. China is a country that has moved from 60th on the most obese countries list to second in 40 years! Even though China is a big contender no country beats the United States in the obesity population. The study ends by stating by 2025 almost half of men and women in the United States will be obese.

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Article Critique

Joshua Berlinger has written many articles for CNN and all of the articles has been very well researched. “1 in 5 people will be obese by 2025, study says” that Berlinger wrote is no different. Berlinger didn’t do the study himself but his article showed that he understood it, “The Lancet” was the company sponsoring this study and article. This article was based on scientific evidence that has been dated back until 1975. The evidence was very well conducted. It took the BMI of over 200 countries so there was a lot of variety to show the change of obesity throughout the years. The article also had two gifs in it that showed a map of the world changing colors depending on the obesity rate every year, the two maps were split between men and women. These pictures really helped get a visual representation of how much of the world is obese, and which countries have the greatest population of obesity, that was very helpful. The thing the article didn’t go much into was why obesity has been growing at such a rapid pace. The article explains how much obesity is growing and the rate, but the why is such an important thing. The study that Lancet did, didn’t not explain why this was happing and just that it was increasing. That was the only part of the article that was not well explained.