Obe­sity epi­demic

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The num­ber of obese chil­dren world­wide has risen 10 folds in the past 40 years, says a new study pub­lished in The Lancet

of obese chil­dren and ado­les­cents (aged five to 19 years) world­wide has risen 10-folds in the past 40 years, from 11 mil­lion in 1975 to 124 mil­lion in 2016, ac­cord­ing to a new study by the Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. The study pub­lished in Bri­tish jour­nal The Lancet adds that In­dia had the high­est preva­lence of mod­er­ate and se­vere un­der­weight through­out these four decades. Ninety seven mil­lion of the world's mod­er­ately or se­verely un­der­weight chil­dren and ado­les­cents lived in In­dia in 2016. More chil­dren and ado­les­cents will be obese than mod­er­ately or se­verely un­der­weight by 2022, if cur­rent trends con­tinue. For more, visit www.down­toearth.org.in

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