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Obesity rates rapidly rise across the world in past 4 decades, study suggests

The study showed the rise in obesity rate has only found in such regions like East Asia and Latin America.

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Obesity has been spread rapidly in children and teenagers in just past four decades. The level of obesity in children and teenager have risen across the world. However, the increase in obesity level has been far away from the uniform.

Obesity rates rapidly rise across the world in past 4 decades, study suggests

According to the latest study, World Health Organization (WHO) and British researchers say that the risen level of obesity has plateaued lately in the nations with high-income, “albeit at high levels.”

The study showed the rise in obesity rate has only found in such regions like East Asia and Latin America. The new study was published online on Tuesday.

The researchers found in the study: “From 1975 to 2016, obesity prevalence increased in every country, although the increase was not statistically significant in some high-income countries.”

The authors found a reason behind the risen level of obesity in the world’s high-income countries.

Majid Ezzati of the Imperial College London and the author of the study told The Associated Press, “This shows that something can be done about obesity, but it might be an exaggeration to call this ‘good news.'” Ezzati said, “These are still pretty high levels and we don’t want it to stay there; we want it to go down.”

The rising level of obesity across the world gives a warning, the study authors observed: “Unaffordability of healthy food options not only leads to social inequalities in overweight and obesity, but might also limit the effect of policies that target unhealthy foods.”

According to the study authors, a lack of access to quality medical care can also exacerbate the ties between obesity and inequality.

The study suggests the need for 2 approaches: “There is a need for bridging the disconnect between policies that address underweight and overweight in children and adolescents to coherently address the large remaining underweight burden while curbing and reversing the rise in overweight and obesity.”

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