A billion people are obese – level 3

06-03-2024 07:00

Global estimates published in The Lancet reveal that over a billion people worldwide are living with obesity, with approximately 880 million adults and 159 million children affected.

Tonga and American Samoa show the highest rates for both men and women. The UK ranks 55th for men and 87th for women out of 200 countries. Experts emphasize the urgent need for significant changes in addressing obesity. The World Health Organization stresses the importance of government and food industry support to combat obesity, especially among youth. Obesity rates have doubled in the UK over the last three decades, alarming researchers.

The study underscores the rapid rise in obesity levels since 1990, urging governments to prioritize this health issue associated with various ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Difficult words: underscore (to emphasize), prioritize (to treat something as being very or most important), ailment (a health problem or disease).

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What factors may be contributing to the alarming rise in obesity rates globally, and what steps can governments and food industries take to address this pressing health issue?


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