Obesity Rates Expected to Keep Climbing
Obesity around the world will continue climbing over the next 10 years, with almost 180 million people qualifying as severely obese by 2025..
That’s the latest estimate of the World Obesity Federation and if it holds true, it means the number of severely obese people worldwide will be double what it was in 2010. Severely obese is definied as having a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher.
The organization attributed the big increase to a rise in consumption of high-fat food and sugary drinks and a drop in physical activity.
It recommended that governments need to take more aggressive steps in combating the world’s weight problem, including introducing strict regulations on the marketing of unhealthy food to children, making sure that schools provide healthier meals, ensuring that healthy foods become cheaper and more widely available and encouraging workplaces to offer healthy foods.
By 2025, the U.S. will have more severely obese people than any other country—an estimated 25 million people. That’s 6 million more than there are now.