Obesity will reduce its average life expectancy by almost four years in the United States over the next three decades, a damning report revealed today.
For Brits, the average lifespan will be shortened by almost three years in the same time frame due to a variety of health problems linked to a bulging waist.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) made the gloomy projection in its report The Heavy Burden of Obesity.
The international coalition looked at the climbing number of incurable weight-related diseases in each country to make the forecast.
It said that between 2020 and 2050, obesity and related diseases will cause an average life span of three years in the 36 countries it represents.
The average American lives to the age of 79, while the life expectancy in the UK is slightly higher, at 81
Nearly 70 percent of Americans and 62 percent of adults in the UK are overweight or obese, putting those at risk of type 2 -diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Obesity has reduced the average life expectancy by almost four years in the United States and almost three years for Britons. In Mexico, the nation that is worst affected, the number is 4.2 years
Obesity has reduced the average life expectancy in the UK by three years and costs the British extra £ 409 in tax each year (file)
If the crisis was eradicated, it would reduce both countries' GDP by more than three percent.
Managing the crisis accounts for 15 percent of the entire health budget in the United States and eight percent in the United Kingdom. .
LINSTER WAS LIFE WASTE WORST WORTH OF BUSINESS
MEXICO – 4.2 YEARS
POLAND – 3,9 YEARS
USA – 3.7 years
HUNGARY 3.7 years
LATVIA – 3.6 years
CHILDREN – 3, 5 years 19659002] CROATIA – 3.5 YEARS
CZECH REPUBLIC 3.5 YEARS
ROMANIA – 3.5 YEARS
Obesity is responsible for 70 percent of all treatment costs for type 2 diabetes, 23 percent for heart disease and nine percent for cancer.
The OECD, which consists of 36 countries around the world, predicted that 90 million lives will be lost from diseases related to overeating in the next 30 years.
The body revealed that more than half of the population is now overweight in 34 of the nations it operates in and almost one in four people are overweight.
The average level of adult obesity in OECD countries has increased from 21 percent in 2010 to 24 percent in 2016, which means that an additional 50 million people are now overweight.
It said that children in particular pay a high price for the epidemic, with overweight young people achieving poorer grades at school than their healthy peers.
Data shows that they are also up to three times more likely to be bullied, which in turn can lead to poorer school performance.
These children will also be more likely to miss school and less likely to complete higher education.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said: "There is an urgent economic and social case to scale up investment to manage obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.
" These results clearly demonstrate the need for a better social, health and education policy. leading to better life.
Managing the obesity epidemic accounts for 8 percent of the entire health budget in the UK and 14 percent in the United States
The number of new cases of obesity-induced chronic disease in the 36 countries RECER OECD operates in
'By investing in prevention, decision-makers can stop the rise of obesity for future generations and benefit the economies. There is no more excuse for inaction. "
Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum UK, said:" Predictions about obesity affecting longevity have been thrown around for several years.
"Earlier one-off values that people have made have been somewhat imaginative but a prediction, as the OECD's based on a stream of data must be taken seriously.
" It is also difficult for people to understand what harm to the British the economy as a deficit of £ 60 billion really means so the tax figure of £ 405 per head is used to hit the message home.
"Regardless of the figures, the NHS will continue to be at a crisis point until the government has taken hold of obesity and taken it seriously.
" Downing St was presented this morning with 48 high profile measures to be taken by England's feisty retiring Chief Medical Officer , Professor Sally Davies.
"To leave no stone unturned, she will undoubtedly have left a note attached to her desk reminding her successor to oversee their implementation."
Katharine Jenner, nutritionist and campaign director at Action on Sugar added: "This report creates difficult reading and reinforces the separate recommendations of Professor Sally Davies today in her call for" bold action "if we are ever to achieve the British Government's goal of halving 10 years of childhood obesity.
"It seems that reaching this goal would also put money in everyone's pockets, so why not do more?
"There is no magic bullet to reverse the increase in childhood obesity, but the government's plan for childhood obesity was intended to deliver a series of measures that could together have a significant impact such as calorie reductions, a ban on junk food displayed at checkout and energy drinks to children, calorie labeling on restaurant and cafe menus and the extension of soft drinks. Industry fee for sugar-containing milk drinks.
"The UK's food and beverage industry shortens children's lives by three years by supplementing them with foods full of sugar, salt and fat. too easy for them to become overweight. Not taking action and forcing the industry to play its part in improving children's health is immoral. ”
The OECD report also found that in the EU, men and women in the lowest income group are 90 percent and 50 percent. more likely to be overweight than rich people.
People with at least one chronic illness associated with being overweight are 8 percent less likely to be hired the following year.
The OECD claims that a reduction of 20 percent of calories in sweets and confectionery could prevent more than 1m cases of obesity-related diseases each year
The International Coalition's larger report found that 50 percent of people have unhealthy diets and one in three does not get enough exercise
When d e have a job they are up to 3.4 per cent more likely to be absent or less productive.
The OECD said that investing in initiatives such as better labeling of food in stores or regulating the advertising of unhealthy foods to children can result in major savings.
Each dollar invested in obesity prevention would generate an economic return of up to six dollars, according to the report.
It claimed that reducing the calorie content of energy-dense foods, such as chips and confection, by 20 percent could avoid more than 1 m of cases of obesity-related illnesses each year.
Initiatives aimed at the entire population, such as food and menus that display nutritional information and media campaigns, can lead to gains between 51,000 and 115,000 lives by 2050 in the 36 countries included in the analysis.
This would correspond to the prevention of all traffic deaths in the EU, the report found.
The report follows condemned NHS statistics that today revealed that almost a quarter of England's children were overweight or severely obese at age 12.
The NHS said today that the shock figures show that the government is "obviously not on the road" in trying to limit obesity from children.
England's 10 and 11-year-olds are fatter than ever before, the NHS statistics today condemned. Almost a quarter of the year six children are overweight or severely overweight
Children are more than four times likely to be overweight if they live in a poor area, such as Wolverhampton, compared to a rich area, such as Richmond.
The latest NHS data shows that a staggering 24.6 percent of year 6 children are either overweight (20.2 percent) or severely overweight (4.4 percent).
The percentage of children who are severely overweight is the highest proportion on record, up from 4.2 percent in 2017/18 and 3.2 percent for 12 years since 2006/7.
Overall, more than one-third of students are 6 (34.3 percent) overweight or obese. This is 205,923 children.
Children aged four to five are also fatter than they were a decade ago, when the National Child Measuring Program (NCMP) began recording data.
WHAT IS OBESITY? AND WHAT ARE HEALTH RISKS?
Obesity is defined as an adult having a BMI of 30 or above.
A healthy person's BMI – calculated by dividing the weight in kg by height in meters and the answer with height again – is between 18.5 and 24.9.
Among children, obesity is defined as in the 95th percentile.
Percentiles compares young people to others of the same age.
For example, if a three-month age is in the 40th percentile for weight, it means that 40 percent of three-month ages weigh the same or less than that child.
About 58 percent of women and 68 percent of men in the UK are overweight or obese.
The condition costs the NHS about £ 6.1 billion, out of its approximate budget of £ 124.7 billion, every year.
This is due to obesity which increases a person's risk of a number of life-threatening conditions.
Such conditions include type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease, blindness and even limb amputations.
Research indicates that at least one of six hospital beds in the UK is taken up by a diabetic patient.
Obesity also increases the risk of heart disease, which kills 315,000 people every year in the UK – making it the first cause of death.
Carrying dangerous amounts of weight has also been linked to 12 different cancers.
This includes breasts, which affect one in eight women at some point in their lives.
Among children, research suggests that 70 percent of overweight adolescents have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, putting them at risk for heart disease.
Obese children are also significantly more likely to become overweight adults.
And if children are overweight, their obesity in adulthood is more severe.
As many as one in five children start school in the UK who are overweight or obese, which rises to one in three when they reach the age of 10.