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More than half of the world’s population will be overweight, obese by 2035

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More than half of the world’s population is on track to be overweight or obese by 2035, according to a new report from the World Obesity Federation. The annual Atlas report has revealed a concerning rise in childhood obesity rates, which could double from 2020 levels. Louise Baur, President of the World Obesity Federation, warns that by failing to address obesity now, there will be serious repercussions in the future.

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Governments and policymakers worldwide are urged to take action and avoid passing on health, social, and economic costs to younger generations. The report emphasizes the need to look urgently at the systems and root factors contributing to obesity and involve young people in solutions.

Obesity can lead to several health issues, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breathing problems, and clinical depression. Rising obesity rates will have a massive economic impact, costing countries a combined $4.32 trillion dollars per year, roughly equivalent to 3% of the global GDP.


Johanna Ralston, CEO of the World Obesity Federation, stated that addressing the issues would be valuable to billions of people worldwide. She highlights that the findings of the report should convince policymakers and civil society to take action and make tangible commitments to change in their regions.

In conclusion, the World Obesity Federation’s annual Atlas report highlights the concerning rise in global obesity rates, and the need for urgent action by governments and policymakers to address the root factors contributing to obesity. The report emphasizes the importance of involving young people in solutions to avoid passing health, social, and economic costs to future generations.



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