Obesity in teens and children spreading across the globe

A recent research says that child and teenage obesity levels have risen ten-fold in the last four decades, meaning 124m boys and girls around the globe are too fat.4

The analysis in the Lancet is the largest of its kind and looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries.

Experts say obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems.

The Lancet analysis, released on World Obesity Day, comes as researchers from the World Obesity Federation warn that the global cost of treating ill health caused by obesity will exceed £920bn every year from 2025.Researchers believe wide availability and promotion of cheap, fattening food is one of the main drivers.

The largest increase in the number of obese children and adolescents has been in East Asia. China and India have seen rates “balloon” in recent years.

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