Obesity keeps on rising worldwide

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, about one third of the world population, including adults and children, is today overweight or obese. Among them, 10% are obese.

The study authors looked at data from people in 195 countries and territories from 1980 through 2015. The study found that obesity rates have doubled in 70 countries since 1980, and that the rate of childhood obesity has constantly increased in many countries. Greater access to fast food, larger portion sizes and ubiquitous processed food are the main factors to have contributed to this epidemic.

Obesity is a risk factor for numerous health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, respiratory problems, major cancers and more. The study calls for the need for continued focus on surveillance of BMI (Body Mass Index) and identification, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address this problem.

9 years after the FOOD project was launched, obesity is still a serious public health concern worldwide. The 26 partners taking part to the FOOD programme are committed to disseminate nutritional recommendations and good practices towards two target groups, employees and restaurants, therefore contributing to fight against this rising obesity trend.

Source: http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362

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