Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults

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serval:BIB_1F885F396029
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Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults
Journal
Nature
Author(s)
NCD Risk Factor Collaboration NCD, Bovet P.
ISSN
0028-0836
1476-4687
Publication state
Published
Issued date
05/2019
Volume
569
Number
7755
Pages
260-264
Language
english
Notes
La publication compte en tout 666 auteurs, dont Pascal Bovet
Abstract
Body-mass index (BMI) has increased steadily in most countries in parallel with a rise in the proportion of the population who live in cities. This has led to a widely reported view that urbanization is one of the most important drivers of the global rise in obesity. Here we use 2,009 population-based studies, with measurements of height and weight in more than 112 million adults, to report national, regional and global trends in mean BMI segregated by place of residence (a rural or urban area) from 1985 to 2017. We show that, contrary to the dominant paradigm, more than 55% of the global rise in mean BMI from 1985 to 2017—and more than 80% in some low- and middle-income regions—was due to increases in BMI in rural areas. This large contribution stems from the fact that, with the exception of women in sub-Saharan Africa, BMI is increasing at the same rate or faster in rural areas than in cities in low- and middle-income regions. These trends have in turn resulted in a closing—and in some countries reversal—of the gap in BMI between urban and rural areas in low- and middle-income countries, especially for women. In high-income and industrialized countries, we noted a persistently higher rural BMI, especially for women. There is an urgent need for an integrated approach to rural nutrition that enhances financial and physical access to healthy foods, to avoid replacing the rural undernutrition disadvantage in poor countries with a more general malnutrition disadvantage that entails excessive consumption of low-quality calories.
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Multidisciplinary
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Yes
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21/07/2020 7:58
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