Study declares 1/5 world’s population will be obese by 2025

Today, a study was released announcing that a fifth of the world’s population will be obese by 2025 as one in nine go hungry.

The study also found that over the past 40 years, we have changed from a world in which being underweight was more of a prevailing danger than obesity – a reality which mirrors the results of today’s findings. According to Majid Ezzati from Imperial College, who led the research, smart food policies and improved healthcare training can help us to avoid an “epidemic of severe obesity”.

Charlotte Cross, Director of Better Health at Work Alliance, says of the study: “Managing obesity can be a sensitive issue at work and knowing what measures to take in the context of either intervention with specific individuals or instigating and establishing an overall culture of wellbeing, can feel like a big challenge.

“However, it doesn’t need to be a hurdle for employers to tackle Obesity is relevant to all employers and can impact the bottom line of any organisation with association health and productivity issues.

“Obvious steps an organisation can consider should be looking at access to healthy food options, promoting an active workplace providing helpful information on being healthy – and incentivising staff to follow it, making adjustments to the work environment that encourage behavioural change (such as standing desks, walking clubs or bike racks).

“If employers embrace health at work to make a difference we can turn this public health problem around.”

More than a thousand companies have committed to the On Your Feet Britain Challenge. To find out more about the day and how you and your team can #SitLess and #MoveMore on Friday 29th April, visit https://getbritainstanding.org/onyourfeet-britain/.

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