Obesity rates are to rise dramatically by 2025

Obesity rates are to rise dramatically by 2025

Obesity is a complex disorder involving excess body fat. It is not just a cosmetic concern, but it increases the risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide obesity has more than doubled since the year 1980, and rates continue to rise. WHO estimates that about 600 million people worldwide were obese in the year 2014.
The World Obesity Federation released a new report showing that if the government doesn’t take serious action, obesity rates are to rise dramatically by 2025.

The report also states that 177 million adults worldwide will become severely obese within the next 10 years and will need treatment unless something is done.

Obesity has become an epidemic, largely due to consumption of foods and beverages that cause weight gain, and lack of physical activity.

Dr. Tim Lobstein, director of policy at the World Obesity Federation, says that not enough governments have taken action so far.

Governments have accepted the need for regulatory measures, such as market controls, taxes and subsidies, setting standards for catering services and investment in healthy schools – but few governments are implementing these measures,” he says.

The World Obesity Federation report reveals the following:

In the next 10 years, 177 million people worldwide will be severely obese
By 2025, the United States will have the greatest number of severely obese people
2.7 billion adults across the globe will be overweight or obese by 2025

Prof. Walmir Coutinho, president of the World Obesity Federation, says:

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#228B22″ class=”” size=”17″]”The obesity epidemic has reached virtually every country worldwide, and overweight and obesity levels are set to continue to rise. Governments know the present epidemic is unsustainable and doing nothing is not an option. They have agreed to tackle obesity and to bring down obesity prevalence to 2010 levels by the year 2025. If governments hope to achieve the WHO target of keeping obesity at 2010 levels, then the time to act is now.”[/pullquote]
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