10-fold increase in children with obesity over the past four decades

A new study published in the Lancet reports that the levels of obesity in children and adolescents has risen 10-fold in the last 40 years.

The study pooled data from over 2,000 population-based studies including height and weight measurements for 31.5 million children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years.

Key findings from the study include:

  • In 1975 there were 6 million boys and 5 million girls with obesity in the world
  • In 2016 there were 74 million boys and 50 million girls with obesity in the world
  • There was a 10-fold increase in the number of obese 5 to 19 year olds between 1975 and 2016
  • A further 213 million children had a body mass index in the overweight category in 2016
  • If current trends in the rise of obesity continue there will be more children and adolescents with obesity in 2022 than underweight

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Posted: 20/10/2017 14:47:02 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Children, Obesity, Overweight


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