World obesity 1975
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Published on: Jan 27, 2017

How the world got fat

It's the time of year when diets are started and gym regimes begin, but how bad is the global obesity epidemic really? This infographic from The Guardian condenses down 1,698 studies covering 19.2 million participants in 186 countries to deliver a neat and clear overview of how the issue has grown over time. It also acts as a starting point for further questions such as why have Pacific island countries seen a 20% increase in obesity since 1975?

In many ways, this infographic really shows the essence of good data visualisation; taking an extraordinary amount of complex information and illustrating it in a simple and clear way to make the key messages apparent.

Read the full article and see the infographic here.