They say one reason obesity rates have stabilised in France – and elsewhere in Europe – is because governments have heavily promoted healthy food while issuing stark warnings about the dangers of snacking.But the trend is more pronounced in many western countries, with a fifth of the world’s adults living in just six wealthy English-speaking nations - UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, found the world’s population has become heavier by around 1.5kg in each subseqent decade since 1975 There are currently 640 million obese people around the globe, comprising 266 million men and 375 million women.
Overall, the fattest men and women now live in China and the USA.
Map above reveals how MEN in different areas are affected, with green being the lowest.
Japanese men have the lowest BMI in the high-income world, while Timor-Leste, Ethiopia, and Eritrea have the lowest average BMI Published in The Lancet, the 40-year study found the global rate of adult obesity has more than tripled in men, to 11 per cent, and more than doubled in women, to 15 per cent.
Map above reveals how WOMEN in different areas are affected, with green being the lowest.
• Women in Singapore, Japan, and a few European countries including Czech Republic, Belgium, France, and Switzerland had virtually no increase in average BMI over the 40 years If you walk into a store in the UK, you cant help but notice that fruit is more expensive than processed foods.
In France and Switzerland the idea of eating fresh fruits and wholefoods is much more common, some of that has its roots in culture Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum said: ‘For the UK, obesity will not just be an official national emergency, as it has recently been dubbed, but a national tragedy if the current Government’s indifference to stemming it is not quickly reversed.’Chit Selvarajah, policy manager at Cancer Research UK said: ‘It’s no surprise to see that obesity is a growing burden and this study confirms what Cancer Research UK’s own research has shown - that the obesity epidemic will get worse if nothing is done.
The research predicts if these global trends continue, by 2025 18 per cent of the world’s men (THIS GRAPH) and 21 per cent of women will be obese.
This places an individual at significantly increased risk of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer How obesity is predicted to affect WOMEN around the globe by 2025.
Experts say unless healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables are made affordable for everyone, the situation is unlikely to change Jamie Blackshaw, National lead for Obesity and Healthy Weight, Public Health England, said: ‘People who are overweight and obese suffer life-changing consequences and it costs the NHS more than £6 billion a year.
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