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A recent analysis published in The Lancet journal sheds light on a concerning global health crisis: obesity. With over one billion individuals, including children, teenagers, and adults, grappling with this condition worldwide, the study underscores the urgent need for intervention strategies.

Key Points:

Rising Obesity Trends: The research, conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), highlights a significant surge in obesity rates among children, adolescents, and adults over the past three decades. The proportion of individuals affected has more than quadrupled since 1990.

Malnutrition Shift: Obesity has emerged as the most prevalent form of malnutrition, surpassing underweight conditions globally. While the prevalence of underweight individuals has declined, the obesity epidemic continues to escalate.

Impact on Health: Both obesity and underweight conditions pose grave health risks, contributing to various health complications and diminishing overall well-being. These trends necessitate urgent action to improve access to healthy, nutritious foods and promote lifestyle changes.

Global Data Analysis: The study encompassed over 220 million individuals across 190 nations, providing comprehensive insights into obesity and underweight trends. Researchers analyzed body mass index (BMI) data to assess the evolving patterns of malnutrition.

Gender Disparities: Obesity rates have surged among both genders, with a notable increase observed in girls and boys. Conversely, the prevalence of underweight individuals has shown a declining trend, albeit with regional variations.

Call for Action: Senior Professor Majid Ezzati emphasizes the critical need to address both forms of malnutrition by enhancing the availability and affordability of nutritious foods. The study underscores the importance of concerted efforts to combat the global obesity epidemic.

Conclusion:

As the global burden of obesity continues to escalate, effective strategies must be implemented to mitigate its impact on public health. By addressing underlying factors and promoting healthy lifestyles, stakeholders can work towards alleviating the pervasive threat of obesity and fostering a healthier future for generations to come.

M Moiz
M Moiz
M Moiz, is Research Student at Islamabad research Institute and work with THE THINK TANK JOURNAL

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