The Global Obesity Federation predicts that if no corrective measures are taken, more than half of the worldwide population will be classified as obese or overweight by 2035.
According to the estimate, the rate is mainly increasing in children, and more than four billion people are affected.
The largest increases are anticipated in low- or middle-income nations in Asia and Africa.
According to the analysis, the yearly expense of obesity would exceed $4 trillion (£3.3 trillion) by 2035.
The federation’s president, Prof. Louise Baur, characterised the report’s results as a strong warning to nations to take action now or suffer consequences in the future.
Particularly highlighted in the research is the increased prevalence of obesity among kids and teenagers, with rates for both boys and girls anticipated to double from current levels by 2020.
According to Prof. Baur, the situation is very concerning; he further stated that governments and policymakers of the nations must make every effort to prevent passing on the costs of obesity’s effects on health, society, and the economy to the next generation.
The research also emphasises the impact of obesity’s growth on underdeveloped nations. The main causes of the issue are the dietary preferences of the people towards foods that are more heavily processed, increased levels of sedentary behaviour, laxer regulations of food production and marketing, and underfunded medical services for assistance with weight management and health promotion.
The ability to address obesity and its effects is frequently the weakest in underdeveloped countries.
According to the research, an increase in worldwide obesity rates will have a major effect on the international economy, accounting for 3% of the global GDP.
It is made clear in the report that acknowledging the financial toll that obesity takes does not in any way place responsibility for this problem on those who are obese.
When a person has a significant excess of body fat, they are said to be obese. Body mass index (BMI), which is used in the report, is used to make evaluations. To get an adult’s BMI, divide their weight by their height squared.