Study Claims 91 Million Children Aged 5-17 May Be Obese by 2025

Considering current rates of childhood obesity, by 2025 some 91 million children globally, aged five to 17, will be obese, according to a recent study. A further 268 million will be overweight, it projected.

If no preventative measures to combat childhood obesity successfully counter current trends, around 91 million children will be obese, which will also result in an uptick in obesity-related conditions such as impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and hepatic steatosis, which concerns concentration of fat in the liver, according to a studyPlanning for the worst: estimates of obesity and comorbidities in school-age children in 2025 — released in journal Pediatric Obesity.

By 2025 estimates, China will have the most overweight children in the world, with 48.5 million, followed by India, with 17.3 million, and the United States, with 16.7 million, the study reported.

The research team analyzed data prepared by the Global Burden of Disease collaboration in 2000 and 2013 to project what unaltered obesity trends would lead to in the year 2025. Estimates for child populations across the world were taken from World Bank predictions.

“These forecasts should sound an alarm bell for health service managers and health professionals, who will have to deal with this rising tide of ill health following the obesity epidemic,” said Dr. Tim Lobstein, co-author of the study, in a news release. “In a sense, we hope these forecasts are wrong: they assume…

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