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World Obesity Day – Ending Childhood Obesity

October 11, 2017

The number of adults suffering from overweight and obesity continues to rise. On current trends, 2.7bn adults worldwide will suffer from overweight and obesity by 2025, of which 177 million adults will be in need of treatment as a result of severe obesity.

We need to treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later.

Avoiding the consequences of obesity

Untreated, obesity is responsible for a significant proportion of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and many types of cancer.

If we don’t tackle obesity the medical bill for treating the diseases that follow directly from obesity is expected to reach US$1.2 trillion per year by 2025.

Investing in the prevention, management and treatment of obesity is a cost-effective action for governments and health services. Investment can help achieve the 2025 targets set by the World Health Organization to halt the rise in obesity and to achieve a 25% relative reduction in mortality from NCDs.

For more information visit http://www.obesityday.worldobesity.org/

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October 11, 2017
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