Obesity is a major public health problem around the world, and the latter is becoming more and more worrying. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), since 1975, the number of people with obesity nearly tripled globally. This complex chronic disease is associated with numerous comorbidities and high mortality. In fact, it greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide, as well as diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and many forms of cancer, such as those of the endometrium, breast, ovaries, prostate, liver, gallbladder biliary, kidney and even colon. Another factor to consider, data has also shown that people with obesity are more prone to severe forms of Covid-19, which further highlights the importance of controlling this disease. Today these are almost 2.6 billion peoplethe equivalent of 38% of the world’s population, are already in this situation, making obesity a real public health issue (source 1).
Published by World Obesity, this study shows the economic impacts and above all prevalence the risk of becoming obese in the coming years, particularly among a certain population. In individuals the youngestobesity may spread to a alarming rate. According to the study, the proportion of young people suffering from obesity should reach at least twice the 2020 rate by 2035. The forecasts are even more worrying for boys and girls under the age of 18, with a possible increase of 100% for boys, i.e. approximately 208 million young people, and 125% for girlsor about 175 million young people.
She warns that by not tackling obesity now, future consequences could be disastrous. In order to avoid such a situation, the Federation encourages governments to impose higher taxes on the fatty, salty or sweet products. She also calls for restrict advertising for this type of food, especially among the youngest (source 2).
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