ISLAMABAD: World Obesity Day will be observed on October 11th to highlighting the fact that child and adolescent obesity has risen rapidly around the world, “with few countries taking action against this damaging health issue, which affects later health, educational attainment, and quality of life.
World Obesity Day are calling on all governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. This means investing in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.
The number of adults suffering from overweight and obesity continues to rise. On current trends, 2.7bn adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025.
Untreated, obesity is responsible for a significant proportion of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many types of cancer.
If we don’t tackle obesity the medical bill for treating the diseases that follow directly from obesity is expected to reach US$1.2 trillion per year by 2025.
Investing in the prevention, management and treatment of obesity is a cost-effective action for governments and health services. Investment can help achieve the 2025 targets set by the World Health Organization to halt the rise in obesity and to achieve a 25% relative reduction in mortality from NCDs.
New research indicates that World Health Organization (WHO) targets to limit childhood obesity by 2025 will likely not be met, and the World Obesity Federation (WOF) is calling for urgent government action around the globe to tackle the issue.
“Governments need to strengthen their leadership to prevent, manage, and treat national obesity with robust strategies,” the organization emphasizes.
The new research, takes childhood obesity figures for 2013 and projects forward to 2025 on the basis that no effective intervention is implemented to significantly change the trend of rising overweight/obesity.
In 2013, 14.2% of the global population of children were overweight, of whom 4.9% were obese, according to the estimates.
And by 2025 — assuming no policy interventions have proven effective at changing current trends — it is predicted that 15.8% of the overall global population of school-age children worldwide will be overweight and 5.4% will be obese.
This translates to 91 million obese school age children and 268 million who will be overweight.
By then, China is expected to top the table at almost 50 million overweight children, followed by India and the United States, with both predicted to have around 17 million overweight.