Half the World To Be Obese by 2035

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Over half of the world is predicted to be obese in just over 10 years.

The World Obesity Atlas for 2023 has projected that 51% of people — over 4 billion — will be obese by 2035.

The economic impact of this obesity epidemic is expected to exceed $4 trillion.

The report projects that 58% of adults in the United States will be obese by 2035. The report also projected an annual increase in obesity in adults of 2.1% and 2.4% for children.

Obesity is projected to have an economic impact of about 4% on the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 3% on a global scale. The nation’s current GDP is just over 23 trillion, according to the latest data from the World Bank.

Obesity rates among children are also expected to double across the world.

“Rates are predicted to double among boys to 208 million (100% increase) and more than double among girls to 175 million (125% increase) and are rising more rapidly among children than adults,” the press release for the report said.

Weight loss medication and bariatric medication were recently approved for use in adolescents in an effort to curb the obesity crisis, as previously reported by The Dallas Express. These revamped guidelines were presented after the CDC announced expanded body mass index (BMI) measurements in the wake of widespread weight gain.

Bariatric surgery and weight loss medication are not the only solutions proposed to alleviate obesity. Proper exercise and nutrition have also been proposed as viable solutions.

The President of the World Obesity Federation, Louise Baur, said in the press release that officials must evaluate root factors that contribute to the crisis and involve youth in the development of solutions.

“This year’s Atlas is a clear warning that by failing to address obesity today, we risk serious repercussions in the future,” said Baur in the release. “It is particularly worrying to see obesity rates rising fastest among children and adolescents. Governments and policymakers around the world need to do all they can to avoid passing health, social, and economic costs on to the younger generation,” she continued.

The United States is ranked 18th on the global scale in terms of BMI and 123rd in terms of obese adults, according to the World Population Review in 2023.

The World Obesity Atlas for 2023 also illustrated how nations and countries rank in their ability to handle rising cases of obesity.

The report evaluated Obesity-NCD Preparedness Rankings in 183 countries. This ranking system accounts for a nation’s current health system responses to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and commitment to obesity prevention measures.

All 10 of the countries ranking as the most prepared nations are European, while eight of the 10 least prepared nations were located in Africa, according to the data analysis contained in the press release.

Niger and Papua New Guinea ranked as the least equipped, while the nations of Switzerland and Norway were ranked as the most prepared. The United States was ranked 41 on this list, according to the World Obesity Atlas for 2023.

The economic impact posed for low-income nations alone is expected to exceed $370 billion annually, per the press release.

“If we do not act now, we are on course to see significant increases in obesity prevalence over the next decade,” said the Director of Science at the World Obesity Federation, Rachel Jackson-Leach, according to the press release. “The greatest increases will be seen in low and lower-middle-income countries, where scarce resources and lack of preparedness will create a perfect storm that will negatively impact people living with obesity the most,” she continued.

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  1. Bret

    Please stop fat shaming half of the world. Their feelings are more important than their health.

    • Anna W.

      No one is fat shaming. We once had mandatory PE in schools that helped a lot. I am 74 and me and my Fur babies walk 1 mile in the morning and 1 mile in the evening. This helps me and them too. No one is here to harm people, if you go to Europe the see people walking, we are on walkers with Oxygen in our nose. They are much healthier and cook fresh food everyday.

  2. Anna W.

    Who cooks for children anymore, when Mac Donald is on every corner or get them off these Computers. They don’t do yards or help there parents cleanup. We made our children do all the above, differences we worked on my grandfather’s farm.

    We kids who lived in the country hdd as hated when school was out because we worked the farm all summer. That’s why I respect the people who work on farms. Plus on Saturday’s it was clean the house and yards. Church on Sunday.

  3. Lay Monk Jeffery

    And it goes like this,
    the digital age where children and adults sit around eating junk and playing video games, on the cellphone or laptop instead of being outside or doing something active and productive.

    Apparently the world has forgotten the word moderation!

    The FDA and CDC, root factors enough said!

    People should stop handing 3 year olds their cellphones and why does a 9 year old child need a cellphone.
    Parents, be parents and cook your families meals, sure you are tired, my mom raised 5 kids ranging from 14 down to 7 years of age, she did it on her own, thanks mom.
    Myself and my siblings are not fat, none of us are nor are we getting close. Oh, can I say fat, is it not politically correct? And there lies another problem!

    Why is it that the poorer you are the larger your pant size? People have become dependent and lazy. Those who truly need assistance, what they are receiving is also part of the problem. The government should stop allowing for chemical placement in our foods that are literally ban/illegal in the rest of the world!

    Technology, It’s like the world is on call 24/7 because of cell phones and the internet. That in itself is a health hazard. Stress leads to a rise in cortisol levels then blood pressure starts spiking and before you know it, you are 20 pounds overweight and on a viscous cycle of meds with declining health. Folks it’s time to step back for a moment and do some damage control.

    Fast food restaurants and restaurants in general are not for breakfast lunch or dinner everyday single day, again moderation.

    Find a spot in your lawn and plant some seeds. Set the electronic devices down and get outside it to a gym.

    The world is being driven by an evil machine, unplug it and take your life back.

  4. sue r.

    A couple of years ago, I ran across an interesting article about rising obesity rates in animals. I can’t remember where I saw the article. It was interesting in that rates of obesity in animals were rising, comparable to rates in humans. This was documented in dogs and cats (both domestic and feral), monkeys, and labratory rats, among others. Note that lab rats are on strictly controlled diets, yet they were increasingly seeing rising obesity. Possible reasons for obesity that might affect animals as well as humans included longer hours of light due to artifical lighting, or controlled temperatures reducing shivering and sweating, which use energy (calories). If indeed some other factors besides diet and lack of exercise are driving obesity, billions of dollars spent on obesity drugs and bariatic surgery won’t fix the problem.

  5. ThisGuyisTom

    A new study commissioned by the World Action on Salt, Sugar & Health (WASSH) revealed a startling fact: “Four of the world’s biggest food manufacturers are over-reliant on the sales of unhealthy food despite each claiming to be active in improving the healthfulness of their products.”
    WASSH assessed 2,346 products sold by global food and drink companies Danone, Kellogg’s, Kraft Heinz, Nestlé, and Unilever in their three largest markets — Australia, France, and Mexico. It ranked the products based on commonly used standards such as Health Star Rating, Nutri-Score, and Warning Labels. With the exception of Danone, all other companies had a higher percentage of sales from unhealthy food.

  6. Pap

    Not with the way food prices and everything else is going up in price. With the present administration, a lot will be lucky if they can manage to keep their homes.

  7. RiverKing

    This can’t be! The Left is telling us that the planet can’t produce enough food for our current population.

    • Anna W.

      The planet can produce food. But there has to be enough people who will help harvest the food. Does the right want to signup?



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