Childhood obesity increasing worldwide

The number of obese children is more than 10 times higher than 40 years ago

According to a new study published in The Lancet, 124 million children around the world were obese in 2016. Another 213 million children and adolescents were overweight

Researchers say the increase has plateaued in higher income countries like the United States, but remains too high. Meanwhile the rise in obesity has accelerated in low and middle income regions, particularly in East and South Asia.

According to the report's authors, as some countries have become wealthier, low-income populations are at risk of having access only to foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients.

Being obese as a child can eventually lead to increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Doctors are hoping their research will generate more political action They say sugar taxes, restricting marketing of unhealthy foods, and increasing physical activity at schools are all effective ways to combat childhood obesity


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