Despite figures from the UN World Food Programme showing that one in nine people do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life, experts warn that about almost a fifth of the world’s population may become obese by 2025.
According to research shown by Imperial College London over the 40-year period between 1975 and 2014, the number of men and women in the world classified as obese soared from 105 million to 641 million and the average person also became 3.3lb heavier with each passing decade. Other authorities on the subject have also postulated that were this trend to continue, 18% of men and 21% of women would be obese by 2025; hence, more than 6% of men and 9% of women would be severely obese, putting their health at risk.
Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “These results are a stark reminder to government of the work that still must be done to combat obesity. This is an international problem, and worldwide joined-up thinking is needed to make progress.