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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Obesity 'on the rise'

Medical insurance customers from overseas could be particularly interested in a recent survey highlighting the spread of obesity.

Research conducted by Imperial College London, Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organisation found that obesity is no longer just a problem in rich Western communities.

Indeed, people from Pacific Island nations, such as American Samoa, were shown in the survey to have some of the highest body mass indexes in the world.

Meanwhile, in developed countries, the US was seen to be home to the fattest population.

Professor Majid Ezzati, an author of the report, commented: "Our results show that overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are no longer Western problems or problems of wealthy nations.

"Their presence has shifted towards low and middle income countries, making them global problems."

According to the research, more than 205 million men and 297 million women were considered obese in 2008.

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