Lu Zhihao, four, shows his empty rice bowl to his teacher during lunch time at a kindergarten in Foshan, Guangdong province. (Photo: Joe Tan/Reuters)
U.N. report finds 41 million kids around the world are overweight or obese—and no one's doing enough to tackle the crisis.
It is, indeed, global. An alarming report released Monday by the U.N. World Health Organization finds that 41 million children around the globe under the age of five were either overweight or obese in 2014.
Unlike a host of communicable diseases and even diseases like cancer, obesity has long been something of an outlier when it comes to public health debates, too often seen as a first-world problem, the product of poor lifestyle choices and a contemptible lack of self-control.
But in its report, the WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity deftly dispels those myths.
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