Three in every four men and two in every three women in the UK will be overweight by 2030, in what experts are calling a looming obesity crisis of “enormous proportions”, according to new predictions from the World Health Organisation.
In some of Europe’s worst-performing countries, including Ireland, the WHO predicts that “almost all adults” will be overweight within 15 years. The UK will remain in the top third of European nations, in terms of rates of obesity.
Seventy-four per cent of men and 64 per cent of women are predicted to be overweight – with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 – by 2030, up from 70 per cent and 59 per cent in 2010, the figures suggest. Thirty per cent of women and 36 per cent of men are predicted to be obese, with a BMI over 30.
%, estimated proportion of overweight population, (body mass index 25 and over) by 2030