Researchers have claimed that people around the world are putting weight at faster rate and according to experts if people continue to gain weight at this much faster rate then by 2025 one fifth of world’s population will be obese. According to recent analysis of BMI trends, the number of adults who are obese have risen from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014. Hence, as per this analysis an average person had become 1.5 kg i.e. 3.3 pounds heavier with each passing decade. If weight gain at this rate continues, researchers and scientists anticipates that 18% of men and 21% of women globally will be obese by 2025.
The clinical characterization of obese is measured by BMI i.e. Body Mass Index. It is related to weight and height of an individual and according to Press Association reports, it is measured as 30 kg per metre squared (kg/M2).
According to another review published in the Lancet Medical Journal around 6% of men and 9% of women world widely will be “severely obese” by 2025. According to reports, since 1970 the average BMI around the world increased from 21.7 to 24.2.
China has the largest number of obese people with the rate of 43.2 million Men and 46.4 million of women classified as obese. Whereas US stands on the second place with 41.7 million men and 46.1 million women being classed as obese.
UK men stands on eight place with 6.8 million being classified as obese whereas UK women ranged 11th with 7.7 million on chart. If we look at the present data nearly 30% of world population is either obese or overweight. The rise in global obese rate over the last four decades has become a matter of importance and needful steps are needed to be taken to halter the increase in obese rate.
A study published in The Lancet may 29, “Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013,” shows a substantive and extensive growth in the rate of overweight and obese adults for both man and women. As per the data, obese rate in men have increased from 29% to 37% and from 30% to 38% in women. In developing countries men have higher rate of obesity and women display a higher rate of overweight. Obesity rate in adults are higher as compared to old people.
Obesity has become an issue for people of all ages and it is also affecting their health badly. If appropriate actions are not taken then this rate is likely to increase in the upcoming years. It is also found than in the last three decades not even a single country has been able to halter the increase in obesity rates. Hence, urgent steps are needed to be taken to address and reduce this public health crisis, i.e. obesity.