According to the Obesity Health Alliance, a unity of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Cancer Research UK, about seven million diseases would be caused by obesity and being overweight in the next 20 years.
The diseases include about 4.62 million cases of Type 2 Diabetes, 1.63 million cases of coronary heart diseases, 680,000 cases of stroke and 670,000 new cases of cancer.
The Alliance predicts that about 76 per cent of men and 69 per cent of women would reach overweight and obese levels by 2035. About three out of 10 adults in the UK are currently obese. The number would rise to 4 out of 10 by 2035 should the trend continue.
The Alliance is asking the government to publish a childhood obesity strategy as soon as possible. The government has kept delaying the publication since the previous year.
It also called on the government to restrict junk food TV advertising before 9pm, tightening online marketing rules to force industries to lower the amount of sugar and fat in food.
Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of prevention and member the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “These numbers are shocking. And it’s difficult to think of the impact this will have on public health and an already strained NHS. Without bold action, the next generation will face more disease and live shorter lives.
“Kids are bombarded with advertisements for unhealthy food and if we are to give our children the chance for better and healthier lives, it’s vital the Government’s childhood obesity strategy restricts this kind of marketing.”
Modi Mwatsama, Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum and member of the Obesity Health Alliance, said: “This study is a wakeup call for the Government and shows a daunting future if no strong action is taken against the obesity epidemic.
“We can’t expect industry to make changes on their own and people need help making healthier choices. Companies will have to be held accountable by Government. The Government must lead the way by creating a level playing field with independent, regulated targets for reducing the amount of sugar, fat and salt in food. Without Government action, our children face a life of disease and early death.”