More than a billion people are obese worldwide, research shows

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AMMAN — According to a new study published by The Lancet and based on data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), reveals an alarming trend in global obesity rates, finding that over one billion people were classified as obese, representing a significant increase from previous years, especially among children and adolescents. اضافة اعلان

The study's findings are stark: obesity rates have more than doubled among adults since 1990 and quadrupled among children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years. Moreover, 43 percent of adults were overweight in 2022, with obesity rates particularly high in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, where over half of women and nearly half of men are obese, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

While undernutrition rates have seen a decline in many areas, they remain a public health challenge, especially in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The highest combined rates of underweight and obesity in 2022 were recorded in the Pacific and Caribbean island nations, as well as in the Middle East and North Africa.

As the study highlights, obesity is a complex issue with various contributing factors, including diet, physical activity, genetics, and health conditions. Obesity can lead to serious health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. It can also impact mental health, causing issues like depression and low self-esteem.

Looking ahead, the study predicts that by 2035, over 25 percent of the global population could be affected by obesity, with childhood obesity expected to see a 100 percent increase. This trend not only poses a significant health challenge but also carries a substantial economic burden, with an estimated $4.32 trillion in health-related costs due to obesity.

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