Since 1998, the World Health Organization estimates that obesity is a global epidemic, with high prevalence in the First World countries and alarming increase in developing ones, where malnutrition and obesity coexist.
OBESITY in the world has doubled in less than 10 years.
According to the European Regional Office of WHO, there is an unprecedented increase of obesity across Europe, with catastrophic predictions for 2,030. It is estimated that 60% of women and 70% of men will suffer overweight, and a third of the total population in Europe will be OBESE.
In SPAIN it is estimated that 80% of men and nearly 60% of women will be overweight and 36 and 21%, respectively, will be obese. In some countries like Ireland, predictions are even worse, with an estimated prevalence of 90% overweight and 50% obese.
As for DIABETES, it is estimated that there are 400 million diabetic patients worldwide, of which 90% are type 2 – associated with obesity.
The costs of OVERWEIGHT in UK have been valued in 6.5 billion £ per year, but it is expected to increase up to 10 billion £ in 2,025 (almost 12 billion €). The estimated cost of DIABETES in UK in 2.015 was 2.2 billion, but it will be nearly 4 billion £ per year in 2.025.
Both GLOBESITY and DIABESITY (Diabetes + Obesity) are the Epidemic of the XXI Century, with incalculable economic, social and health costs.