Although the World Health Organization has urged its member countries to adopt action plans to ensure that there’s zero increase in obesity levels for children ages five to 18 in the next decade, a new study published in Pediatric Obesity suggests that the global rates may actually rise to 91 million obese children and a total of more than 268 million overweight children by 2025. According to data collected by the Global Burden of Disease Collaborative and the International Obesity Task Force, rates of overweight and obese children have continued to rise between 2000 and 2013. Although the percentages of overweight and obese children worldwide has increased only a few points (a 3% increase in overweight children and a slightly less than 1% increase in obese children), with global population growth these numbers translate to millions more children developing and fighting problems with weight. China, India, and the United States were projected to have the largest numbers of overweight children by 2025 (48.5 million, 17.3 million, and 16.7 million respectively). Some countries saw the rates of overweight children within their population skyrocket. Vietnam, for example, had a 94.8% increase in prevalence from 2000-2013! Earlier this year, WHO warned of dramatically rising rates of childhood obesity in developing countries, describing the obesity epidemic as an “exploding nightmare,” but there’s more at stake than just an increased number of children being labeled as “overweight” or “obese.” Projected increases in obesity-related health issues including Type 2 diabetes, impaired glucose intolerance, hypertension, and hepatic steatosis (or fatty liver disease) will also complicate the well-being of millions of these children. While researchers hope that their projections represent a worse case scenario that does not come to fruition, it’s clear that paradigm shifts and effective policies need to be given top priority in raising a healthier generation of kids.

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