NPR

Obesity In Children And Teens Rose Sharply Worldwide Over Past 4 Decades

The number of young people with obesity has risen tenfold since 1975, according to a study from the World Health Organization. At the same time, that rise has been far from uniform across the world.

In just over four decades, obesity levels in children and teenagers have risen dramatically worldwide, though that rise has been far from uniform. In a new study , British researchers and the World Health Organization say those levels have plateaued lately in high-income countries, "albeit at high levels," while the rise in obesity rates has only accelerated in regions

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min readPolitics
Democrats Renew Demand For Bolton Testimony In Senate Trial After New Report
House impeachment managers press the Senate to call the former national security adviser to testify, after a New York Times report said Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigation of his political rivals.
NPR3 min read
What We Know: The Helicopter Crash That Killed Kobe Bryant And 8 Others
The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter was operating under "Special VFR" (or Special Visual Flight Rules) status, meaning its pilot had been granted a request to fly in challenging conditions.
NPR10 min read
The 2020 Grammys: How Much Weight Can One Awards Show Carry?
In a ceremony that front-loaded performances by women and black artists, mixed messages sparked both cynicism and cautious hope.