Obesity level of children and teenagers have increased in past four years, and approximately 124 million boys and girls are way too fat across the globe, according to a recent study.
The analysis in Lancet is the biggest as it looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. As per the experts, overweight adolescents are more likely to grow into fat adults; this problem can lead to the major health issues like type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and specific type of cancer i.e. breast and colon.
In the United Kingdom, one out of every ten youngsters who are aged five to nineteen is overweight. Whereas, India has more than 41 million obese people plus one in five Indian men or women is overweight. On World Obesity Day, the Lancet analysis released in which researchers from World Obesity Federation predicts that the global cost of treating health issues caused by obesity will increase by £920 billion every year from 2025.
The child obesity rate is stimulating at the shocking rate in many regions of the world. Though child obesity rates seem to be upholding in many high-income European countries, according to Prof Majid Ezzati from Imperial College London. He is also a lead researcher in this study.
The reasons behind the increasing obesity in children and teens are extended availability and advertising of low in quality and fattening food. The extensive increase in the number of overweight children has been from East Asia whereas India and China have seen a balloon in rates in current years.
Micronesia and Polynesia have the tremendous rate of all, Also half of the young population from these countries is obese. Although if this trend continues then obese will become more familiar term than underweight. Meanwhile, the figure of underweight boys and girls has been decreasing since 2000 worldwide.
Latin America, Caribbean and East Asia have seen a change from underweight to overweight within the time period of few decades. In 2016, almost 213 million people were overweight but still below the start of obesity globally.
Dr Harry Rutter from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that this is a big problem, and it may get worse as the skinny people are heavier as they used to have been ten years ago. The world around us is changing rapidly as we have not grown into weak-willed and greedy people.
To finish the calorie-rich and nutrient-poor food, Dr Fiona Bull from the World Health Organization is being called who promotes physical activity. Moreover, about 20 countries around the world have introduced a tax on sweet drinks.
The sugar cut programme and the government’s sugar tax are world-leading, but this is simply a start of a long run to undertake the challenge of a generation, Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England said.