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Obesity prevalence set to hit a new high by 2025 without corrective measures, WOF report

Posted:  Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It is common knowledge that obesity is quite a prevalent condition, with current rates pegged at 13%. But going by World Obesity Federation’s (WOF) report, the prevalence rates could go through the roof touching 19% by 2025, if present conditions persist. In a scary prediction, the report finds that globally 2.7 billion adults could be overweight or obese by 2025; an increment of more than 700 million from 2014 figures.

In their report, the WOF estimated obesity rates for 2025 considering the current trends continue. The report additionally revealed that in the next 10 years, more than 177 million people will be severely obese (body mass index more than 35), doubling the prevalence seen in 2010. The report aimed to remind governments about their commitment to the Global Action Plan set by the World Health Organization.

"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," said Prof. Walmir Coutinho, President of WOF, talking about WHO’s Global Action Plan.

The WOF requires stringent measures from governments to curtail the increasing obesity rates. Strict regulations over marketing of unhealthy foods to children; promoting healthy eating at schools; making healthy foods easily available and cheaper; offering healthy foods at workplaces; and promoting physical activity are some of them. In addition, providing support and extending solutions to those who are already overweight or obese needs to be done too!

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