‘American children set for obesity rise while world gets thinner…’.
New forecast data shows worrying US weight trend
As the rest of the world faces up to its weight problems, the USA is falling behind as a growing number of American children are set to become overweight or obese. Independent analyst Datamonitor Healthcare has revealed that out of the seven major markets*, the USA is the only country that will see an increase in the number of overweight and obese children in the next seven years.
14.4 million American children were classed as overweight or obese (BMI 25≥kg/m²) in 2013, but there will be an extra 2.5% by 2020. This compares poorly with the other countries who are successfully tackling the issue, with Italy set to bring their numbers down by 7%, and Japan and Germany also forecasted to decrease cases by 5%.
The recent ‘F as in Fat’ report** by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation claims that obesity rates in the USA are levelling off; but Datamonitor Healthcare’s forecast shows the situation is still set to worsen for those up to 19 years old.
Casey Godbout, lead US epidemiologist at Datamonitor Healthcare said: “As we look forward to 2020, the number of US children that are obese or overweight is set to increase to 14.8 million.
“This prevalence of obesity has boosted the markets of related diseases, which is one of the reasons why the global diabetes market is currently valued at $10 billion.”
*Seven major markets are USA, UK, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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