Obesity among children, teenagers growing across the globe

The rate of obesity in the US has reached a new high at 39.6% of adults according to the government data

Commenting on the findings of the report, leader of the research and professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London in the UK, Majid Ezzati said, "Over the past four decades, obesity rates in children and adolescents have soared globally, and continue to do so in low- and middle-income countries".

This means more than 120 million youngsters are not at a healthy weight.

"The rising trends in children's and adolescents' BMI (body mass index) have plateaued in many high-income countries, albeit at high levels, but have accelerated in parts of Asia", the study reads.

An additional 213 million children aged 5-19 were overweight previous year, but fell below the threshold for obesity, according to the largest ever study, based on height and weight measurements of 129 million people.

Almost 20 percent of adolescents are obese, also a record high, NBC News reported.

Ezzati added that the rise in obesity has particularly accelerate in East and South Asia over the same period.

Polynesia and Micronesia have the highest rate of all; approximately half of the younger population is overweight or obese. More than 30 percent of the youth of the islands between the age of 5 to 19 were estimated to be obese. "Food, behaviors, portions, consumption patterns have completely changed over the last 40 years".

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