In today’s blog, Julian Omidi discusses the global impact of child obesity by analyzing the statistics.
Child obesity isn’t only an American issue. Child obesity is a global issue. For the last 33 years, child obesity has risen by 47%. What’s alarming is that more than half of the children suffering from child obesity only live in 10 countries. Today, we’ll look at the overall statistics of child obesity international as well as dissect the 10 nations supplying over half of the world’s obese children.
The US, China, India, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, Germany and Indonesian are the countries that contribute to over half of the global child obesity problem. These findings were from a study published in The Lancet. It not only analyzed obesity in children aged 2 to 19, but also adults over the age of 20.
For children specifically, the findings differed country to country. The children with the highest prevalence for child obesity lived in the Pacific Islands like Samoa, where girls have a rate of child obesity of 30%. The rates of child obesity in boys in developed countries raised from 17% to 24% in boys from 1980 to 2013. Girls who have child obesity raised from 16% to 23% in that same time. Showing a steady increase amongst both genders globally.
Norway and Sweden showed some of the lowest levels of obesity for boys and girls. Each respectively had a rate of 4%. The study’s authors recommend that the solution must be largely one of political policy, including that voluntary salt reduction may be one option to decrease these numbers.
These numbers should be concerning to the global community as a whole. It means our children, and in the study’s findings, adults, are becoming unhealthier. This could lead to shorter lifespans, as well as less productivity throughout the world. By creating a healthier global society, humanity will be able to further progress.
Be good to each other,
Julian Omidi is the co-founder of The Children’s Obesity Fund, a nonprofit that advocates for the wellbeing of children throughout the world.