Greater than 1 billion individuals worldwide are overweight – 650 million adults, 340 million adolescents and 39 million youngsters. This quantity continues to be growing. WHO estimates that by 2025, roughly 167 million individuals – adults and kids – will turn out to be much less wholesome as a result of they’re obese or overweight.
On the event of World Weight problems Day 2022, WHO is urging international locations to do extra to reverse this predictable and preventable well being disaster.
Weight problems is a illness impacting most physique methods. It impacts the center, liver, kidneys, joints, and reproductive system. It results in a variety of noncommunicable ailments (NCDs), reminiscent of kind 2 diabetes, heart problems, hypertension and stroke, varied types of most cancers, in addition to psychological well being points. Folks with weight problems are additionally 3 times extra more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19.
The important thing to stopping weight problems is to behave early, ideally even earlier than a child is conceived. Good vitamin in being pregnant, adopted by unique breastfeeding till the age of 6 months and continued breastfeeding till 2 years and past, is finest for all infants and younger youngsters.
On the identical time, international locations have to work collectively to create a greater meals surroundings so that everybody can entry and afford a nutritious diet. Efficient steps embrace proscribing the advertising to youngsters of meals and drinks excessive in fat, sugar and salt, taxing sugary drinks, and offering higher entry to inexpensive, wholesome meals. Cities and cities want to create space for secure strolling, biking, and recreation, and faculties want to assist households educate youngsters wholesome habits from early on.
WHO is responding to the worldwide weight problems disaster on many fronts. This consists of monitoring international traits and prevalence, the event of a broad vary of steerage addressing the prevention and therapy of obese and weight problems, and offering implementation help and steerage for international locations.
Following a request from Member States, the WHO secretariat is growing an acceleration motion plan to cease weight problems, sort out the epidemic in excessive burden international locations and catalyse international motion. The plan shall be mentioned on the 76 World Well being Meeting to be held in Could 2022.
World Weight problems Day 2022 – Message from Dr Tedros, Director-Common of WHO