250 million children worldwide forecast to be obese by 2030

Exclusive: experts say obesity rates soaring as governments fail to tackle junk food adverts

Childhood obesity is rising exponentially worldwide as the relentless marketing of junk foods reaches around the globe and governments do too little to protect their children’s health, according to alarming data shared with the Guardian.

The number of obese children globally is predicted to reach 250 million by 2030, up from 150 million now. Only one in 10 countries have even a 50% chance of meeting the World Health Organization target of no rise in child obesity from 2010 to 2025. The chances of 156 out of the 191 countries studied achieving it are less than 10%, according to the World Obesity Federation, which has compiled the data in the first Childhood Obesity Atlas.

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