New global estimates of child and adolescent obesity released on World Obesity Day

The study published today (10 October 2017) in the Lancet analysed weight and height in nearly 130 million people, including 31.5 million children aged 5-19 years of age. The number of obese children and adolescents rose from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – a tenfold increase. An additional 216 million children were overweight.

Professor Majid Ezzati, of Imperial College, London School of Public Health, says “Over the past four decades obesity rates in children and adolescents have soared globally and continue to do so in low- and middle-income countries”

Childhood obesity rates appear to be plateauing in high-income countries, but at very high levels. The areas of the world with some of the largest increase in the number of obese children and adolescents were East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. The rise in childhood obesity rates has recently accelerated , especially in Asia.

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