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WHO raises concerns about soaring level of child obesity

According to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of children worldwide who are considered obese or overweight could soar to 75 million in the year 2025.

In 2012, the number of overweight or obese children was 44 million. The health body for the United Nations warned that this is a much faster rise in the rate of youth obesity than the period from 1990, when the figure was 31 million.

During the same period of time, the number of children in Africa who had weight issues had risen from four million to 10 million. The co-president of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, Peter Gluckman, in an interview with reporters in Geneva stated that the problem with child obesity is a huge health issue, both now and for the future. The commission was set up in June by the WHO and only recently held its first meeting with its 15 members.

Gluckman said that children who are obese or overweight are more likely to face serious health problems in the future, like cancer or diabetes. Gluckman believes that tackling the problem now may prevent national health systems from having to cope with a heavy burden in the future.

Schools in the UK are already taking action against the problem, with various steps being taken, including the introduction of healthy school tuckshops. Merseyside is one of the regions taking part in the educational scheme. Health experts are now expected to get together to produce a report, which will be presented to the World Health Assembly.

Posted by Susan
July 24, 2014
Research

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