More than half of the world's population will be obese by 2035

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 By 2035, more than half of the world's population will be obese

The World Obesity Federation predicts that in 12 years, 51% of the world's people, or more than 4 billion people, will be obese or overweight. This is stated in the organization's report for 2023.

Thus, by 2035, more than half of the world's population will be overweight or obese, if no significant action is taken.

It is noted that that rates of obesity are rising particularly rapidly among children and in low-income countries.

Describing the data as a “clear warning”, Louise Baur, president of the World Obesity Federation, said policymakers need to act now to prevent the situation from worsening.

“It is particularly disturbing to see that rates of obesity are rising fastest among children and adolescents. Governments and politicians around the world must do everything possible to avoid passing on medical, social and economic costs to the younger generation “, — says Baur.

According to the organization, childhood obesity could more than double from 2020 levels to 208 million boys and 175 million girls by 2035.

It also notes that almost all countries with the largest increase in obesity expected in the coming years, — these are low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.

The data will be presented to policy makers and United Nations Member States next week.

The Federation encourages policy makers to focus on social, environmental and biological factors that cause obesity.

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