2.7 billion adults worldwide will be overweight by 2025 - World Obesity Federation suggests

2.7 billion adults worldwide will be overweight by 2025 - World Obesity Federati
Adult obesity prevalence worldwide in 2014
12/10/2015 - 08:39
Almost half of the entire adult population will be overweight or obese by 2025 if current trends continue, according to new figures from the World Obesity Federation.

The figures show that 46% or 2.7 billion adults worldwide will be overweight by 2025, representing an increase from 2.0 billion in 2014.

Furthermore, current trends suggest 177 million adults will be ‘severely obese’ by 2025 and in need of treatment.

In 2012 Governments all around the world made a commitment to bring down the prevalence of overweight and obesity to 2010 levels by the year 2025. The WOF used yesterday’s World Obesity Day to remind Governments of their commitment and to call for urgent action by governments.

Research by the Federation also shows that in the last 10 years, consumption of sugary drinks worldwide increased by a third (33%). More than half of the world’s population now live in urban environments, while one in four adults and four in five young people aged 11-17 fail to get sufficient physical activity.

Professor Walmir Coutinho, president of the World Obesity Federation, said: “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.”

Dr Tim Lobstein, director of policy at the World Obesity Federation, added: “Common risk factors such as soft drink consumption and sedentary working environments, have increased, fast food advertising continues and greater numbers of people live in urban environments without access to green spaces.

“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.

“Governments should take a number of actions to help prevent obesity, including introducing tough regulations to protect children from the marketing of unhealthy food, ensuring, schools promote healthy eating, strengthening planning and building rules to ensure safe neighbourhoods, encouraging workplaces to offer and promote healthy food choices and physical activity and introducing taxes and subsidies to make healthier food cheaper and unhealthy food more expensive.”

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