China forecast to top world in obese youth by 2025
The World Obesity Federation has predicted that Chinese youth will top the world in obesity by 2025, reported the South China Morning Post. The report shows how the obesity rate in China has been growing.
If the trend continues, the paper says, obese children and teenagers aged between 5 and 18 in Chinese mainland will reach 48.5 million by 2025, a number that surpasses the population of Spain.
In India, obese youth will reach 17.3 million, and the US will have 16.7 million.
In 2013, China ranked 8th in the world's top 20 countries with the fastest growing youth obesity rate. The top three are Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Serbia. The report cautions against the rate of obesity of children in rural China.
The report says that inactivity and the consumption of junk food and soda drinks contributes to the growing number of obese youth in the world.