The event focused on the critical rise of diabetes and obesity in the world.
Baroness Howells is the President of the Windward Islands research and Education Foundation. Professor Gareth Williams, Emeritus professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol and expert on diabetes and obesity, spoke on the challenges of diabetes on a global scale. Professor Harry Rutter of the London School of Tropical Medicine and scientific advisor to Public Health England, spoke about how to combat obesity. Charles Modica, Chancellor of St George University of Grenada, was also present at the Windreff event.
No country on earth has reduced obesity rates in more than three decades
Almost 30 percent of the earth’s population is obese or overweight, a new study Published in The Lancet on May 29, “Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013,” was conducted by an international consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI), or weight-to-height ratio, greater than or equal to 25 and lower than 30, while obesity is defined as having a BMI equal to or greater than 30, estimating that this affects about 2.1 billion people.
Obesity rates have increased in countries all over the world, but it’s not an evenly distributed health problem, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reported on Wednesday.
In the developed world, adult men have higher rates of obesity (defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more) than adult women. In the developing world, the opposite is true.
The prevalence of overweight and obese children and adolescents worldwide has increased by nearly 50 percent since 1980, the study says, and no country on Earth has successfully reduced obesity rates in the last 33 years.
Childhood obesity rates are notably higher in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly among girls.