More obese children and adolescents than underweight by 2022
More children and adolescents will be obese than underweight by 2022. A study has been conducted by Imperial College of London and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Worldwide, the number of obese children and adolescents (aged 5 to 19 years) has risen 10 times in the past four years.
India had the highest prevalence of underweight throughout these four years. According to the study India has around 24.4% of girls and 39.3% of boys were moderately or severely underweight in 1975, and 22.7% and 30.7% in 2016.
Largest increase in the number of obese children adolescents in the world were East Asia, the high-income English – speaking region and the Middle East and North America.
Nauru was the country with the highest prevalence of obesity for girls (33.4%), and Cook Islands had the highest for boys (33.3%).
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