Obese kids will soon outnumber underweight kids in the world


The obesity rate of Canadian children and adolescents has more than tripled in the past four decades, according to a new report by the World Health Organization.

In 1975, the obesity rate for those in Canada aged five to 19 was slightly less than three per cent. By 2016, that rate had jumped to nearly 14 per cent for boys and 10 per cent for girls.

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Worldwide obesity rates have undergone a similar increase. During the same time frame, the global obesity rate for children and adolescents rose to nearly eight per cent for boys and six per cent for girls from less than one per cent. If the trend continues, the report notes, by 2022 there will be more obese children and adolescents in the world than those moderately or severely underweight.

Polynesia and Micronesia had the highest obesity rates for both boys and girls (22.4 per cent and 25.4 per cent respectively), and the largest increases took place in East Asia, the high-income English-speaking region (which includes Canada) and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Here’s a look at how obesity rates break down in Canada and on a global scale:



Obese kids will soon outnumber underweight kids in the world

  1. This is very untrue. I very rarely see obese children in public or in schools. Most kids are of average size and immigrant or refugee kids tend to be underweight. Obese kids stand OUT and are picked on (as they have always been just as previous decades before). As it is out of the norm.

    Canada still has no food assistance or school lunch program so from my observation poor children are more at risk of starving than they are of developing childhood obesity. Our government does not even fund food banks for crying out loud.

  2. It is ridiculous how Americans and Trump seem to feel that they are losing
    their respect and standing, and taken advantage by the rest of the world.
    US influence should not just be measured in trade numbers, but also by the
    soft economy ie. movies, sports, entertainment, retailers, foods… Americans’
    ‘WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION’ has been the export of fastfood franchises
    and other junk foods (eg. sodas, chips, cookies) to the rest of the world.