Half of world on track to be overweight by 2035

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The World Obesity Federation has issued a warning stating that unless action is taken, over 50% of the global population will be classified as overweight or obese by 2035 as well as more than four billion people will be affected, with rates rising fastest among children, based on its report.

As published this month on BBC News, low or middle-income countries in Africa and Asia are expected to see the greatest rises, as the report predicts the cost of obesity will amount to more than $4tn (£3.3tn) annually by 2035.

The report in particular highlights the rising rates of obesity among children and teenagers, with rates expected to double from 2020 levels among both boys and girls. Prof Baur said the trend was “particularly worrying”, adding that “governments and policymakers around the world need to do all they can to avoid passing health, social, and economic costs on to the younger generation” by assessing “the systems and root factors” that contribute to obesity.

The report’s findings are a clear warning to countries to act now or risk repercussions in the future.

Prof Louise Baur
President WOF

The effects of obesity’s prevalence on lower-income countries is also highlighted in the report. Nine of the 10 countries with the greatest expected increases in obesity globally are low or lower-middle income states in Africa and Asia.

Reasons include trends in dietary preferences towards more highly processed foods, greater levels of sedentary behaviour, weaker policies to control food supply and marketing, and less well-resourced healthcare services to assist in weight management and health education.

Read more about the report and its findings on BBC News.

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