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World faces ‘staggering’ obesity challenge – study

In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, researchers said on Wednesday, warning of the mounting medical bill.


If current trends continue, 22 percent of people in the world will be obese by 2045 – up from 14 percent last year – according to research presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna.


One in eight people, up from one in 11, will have type 2 diabetes – a form of the disease that generally hits in adulthood as a result of being overweight, the study also noted.


“These numbers underline the staggering challenge the world will face in the future in terms of numbers of people who are obese, or have type 2 diabetes, or both,” said researcher Alan Moses, of Danish healthcare company Novo Nordisk’s research and development department.


“As well as the medical challenges these people will face, the costs to countries’ health systems will be enormous,” he added.


In the United States, the researchers found obesity will increase from 39 percent of the population in 2017 to 55 percent in 2045, and diabetes from 14 percent to 18 percent.


In Britain, the proportion will swell from 32 percent to 48 percent, with the incidence of diabetes rising from 10.2 percent to 12.6 percent.


Already, health systems are spending “huge sums just to treat diabetes,” the researchers said in a statement.


Moses and a team analyzed population data for all countries in the world, obtained from a World Health Organization (WHO) database.


Aggressive action


They divided the population of each country into age groups, and further into body mass index (BMI) categories, and looked at trends to make projections.


BMI is a ratio of height to weight used to divide people into low- to high-risk categories for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.


A person with a BMI of 25 or more is considered overweight, and 30 or higher obese.


A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9.


The researchers said turning the tide on obesity would require “aggressive and coordinated action”.


“Each country is different based on unique genetic, social and environmental conditions, which is why there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach that will work,” Moses said. “Individual countries must work on the best strategy for them.”


The research results have not yet been published in a scientific journal but were peer reviewed for selection at the congress.


A global survey in 2016 said the ratio of obese adults had more than doubled in the 40 years since 1975.


Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, the survey found that 641 million were obese.  /kga

  • JuanTamadachi

    DickThe Fat Boy Gordon is a good example of obesity – especially his mouth.

  • Just_JT

    In the Philippines by 2045, instead of obesity the problem will be more of being underweight. The likes of Palito and Rene Requiestas will be aplenty.

  • Epee

    We must be very careful as we become richer in the coming decades. If you look at the children of middle class Filipinos they are normally overweight or obese. The Filippine diet , if you have money, is mainly fat and sugar and junk food. Vegetables are hardly included….. these are for poor people: rich people eat meat is the attitude. This is wrong.
    If you cannot see the ribs of your children, you are overfeeding them, and setting them up for diabetes and ill health in later life.
    Parents, please take note!!

  • David

    Good study. I was diagnosed with type Q2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2017. I started the some diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin. At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research. Then I found Lisa’s diabetes story (google ” How I freed myself from diabetes ” ) I read that article from end to end because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next week my blood sugar was down to 100 and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s. My doctor took me off the metformin after just three week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 16 pounds and 3+ inches around my waist in a month. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods