A report released today says that nearly a third of the global population is obese after it was revealed earlier this year that Nottinghamshire is 8th most obese county in the UK.
The report, produced by Mckinsey Global Institute, says that obesity is responsible for 5% of deaths worldwide costs the UK £47 billion a year.
The researchers say that if the current rate of obesity is not reduced almost half of the global population will be overweight or obese by 2030.
Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England (PHE) : “The report is a useful contribution to the obesity debate. PHE has consistently said that simple education messages alone are not enough to tackle obesity.”
She said that obesity required action across national and local government, industry and society as a whole, and there was “no single silver bullet solution”.
The news comes after earlier in the year it was revealed that two thirds of people in Nottinghamshire were obese, the 8th largest county in the UK.