Obesity: missing the 2025 targets provides the latest evidence for progress towards meeting the WHO obesity target of no increase in the prevalence of adult obesity between 2010 and 2025. It also presents data on the costs and comorbidities of obesity as well as country reports for 200 countries.
Obesity is a chronic relapsing disease affecting a rapidly increasing number of people worldwide. By 2025, global obesity prevalence is predicted to reach 18% in men and surpass 21% in women. Left untreated, the consequences of obesity are likely to escalate, as the numbers of people living with obesity rises and as the prolonged duration of obesity increases the risk of non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and certain cancers, needing more extensive and costly interventions.