More than 4 billion people will be overweight or obese by 2035 – report
By 2023, more than 50% of the Earth’s population will have problems with excess weight. This is stated in the report of the World Federation to fight obesity, reports Reuters. The rate of obesity is increasing especially rapidly among children and in low-income countries. In particular, the growth of problems with excess weight in Asia and Africa is predicted. According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, a BMI of more than 25 means overweight, and more than 30 means obesity. Photo: belchonock/Depositphotos In 2020, 2.6 billion people, or 38% of the world’s population, fell into both categories. In 2035, it is predicted that their number will exceed 4 billion. The president of the World Obesity Federation, Louise Baur, said that policymakers must act now to prevent the situation from getting worse. “It is particularly worrying to see obesity rates rising fastest among children and adolescents. Governments and policymakers around the world must do everything they can to avoid passing the health, social and economic costs onto the younger generation,” she said. The number of obese children may double by 2020. In 2035, it is predicted that the number of boys will reach 208 million, and girls – 175 million. The report uses body mass index (BMI) for scoring. This is a number that is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. So it is worth calculating your BMI and monitoring your own weight. Suprun explained what a healthy weight is and why it is important, in particular for children. Read also: Smoking, obesity, sugar: why will 153 million people have dementia by 2050?
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