The number of people who are above a healthy weight (overweight or obese) across the world is rising every single year. MEND wants to help to reverse that trend.
A global epidemic
There are 1 billion overweight and obese people in the world. 155 million of them are children.
Obesity levels have quadrupled over the last 25 years, according to the World Health Organisation.
What about the UK specifically?
In the UK, obesity levels have trebled since the 1980s.
It is estimated that over half of all UK adults are above a healthy weight – that’s approximately 24 million adults.
In 2006, only two-thirds of boys and half of girls did the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
Data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey in 2008/2009 showed that only a third of adults were meeting the government target of 5-a-day for fruit and vegetables.
What happens if we do nothing?
The Foresight Report (2007) said that unless we do something now to help people live healthier lives, by 2050:
- treatment for people who are above a healthy weight will cost the UK economy £50 billion a year
- two-thirds of children in the UK will be above a healthy weight.