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Asia-Pacific children are facing an ‘obesity time bomb’ – researchers

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RESEARCHERS have found a steep spike in obesity rates among children in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years and are now calling for more action to be taken to encourage healthier lifestyles and improve healthcare systems.

Sridhar Dharmapuri, a food safety and nutrition officer at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Bangkok, said number of overweight children under five rose 38 percent between 2000 and 2016 in the region, and the problem is growing.

“The rate of growth in obesity in Asia-Pacific is higher than in many other countries,” Dharmapuri said, as quoted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“While the United States leads the way on obesity rates, the number of overweight children in Asia-Pacific is rising rapidly, and many countries in this region are now among the most health-threatened in the world.”

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