Childhood obesity is going to increase exponentially, as junk food marketing spreads around the world and governments make little effort to protect children's health, says "atlas of childhood obesity" of the World Obesity Federation (WOF).
The number of obese children in the world will reach 250 million by 2030, against 150 million today, according to the atlas. Only one in 10 countries has a chance to meet the World Health Organization's goal: the number of obese children should not increase between 2010 and 2025. For 156 of the 191 countries analyzed, the odds are lower at 10%.
France has a 21% chance of achieving the objectives of WHO. The WOF predicts that in 2030 there will be more than 1.3 million "childbearing" children and adolescents between 5 and 19 years of age. Figures that are similar to those in the United Kingdom. Both countries have a score in the red regarding the fight against obesity.
The most affected countries in 2030 will be the Pacific Islands such as the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Palau, Samoa and the Marshall Islands, with between 30 and 40% of obese children. Among the top 20 bad students are also the United States, South Africa, Egypt, Qatar and China, which will be between 20 and 27%.
"In many countries, health services will not be able to cope," warned Tim Lobstein, co-author of the study, to the British daily The Guardian. "You can get tired of seeing these numbers get worse, but doing nothing is going to cost a lot more than launching market initiatives to reduce the overall marketing of soft drinks and ultra-processed products," he said. he said.
Obese children often remain in adulthood and are more likely to develop major health problems that will reduce their life expectancy, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, says The Guardian.