The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years, according to the World Health Organisation.
Veteran French film star Jean Rochefort one of the country’s best-loved actors has died in Paris aged 87.
The WHO says the rise is accelerating in low and middle income countries, especially in Asia.
He starred in nearly one hundred and fifty films including the Yves Robert’'s film
It's carried out the largest ever study based on height and weight measurements of 129 million people.
which Gene Wilder remade as The Woman In Red in 1984.
“Overweight in childhood and adolescence also causes social psychological problems
Instantly recognisable with his trademark moustache and flamboyant style,
for the children themselves, more stigmatism, more bullying, less optimal school performance,”
Rochefort was a mainstay of the French film industry for more than half a century,
Nearly eight percent of boys and six percent of girls worldwide were obese in 2016,
appearing both in comedies, popular blockbusters as well as art films.
against less than one percent for both sexes in 1975.
He is best known to international audiences as Don Quixote
Another 200 million children were overweight,
in Terry Gilliam’s cursed movie – ‘The Man who killed Don Quixote’.
but fell below the threshold for obesity.
He was given A lifetime’s Achievement Award in 1999.
Campaigners are calling for authorities to take action now.
“Countries will start at different places, perhaps in the schools, perhaps in the physical activity,
perhaps in the public education and awareness and the regulatory and marketing,
but all countries can tackle obesity through these six recommendations,”
The world health body says tax measures and tough restrictions on the marketing of junk food should be considered.
Its study warns that if current trends continue,
in five years there will be more obese children and teenagers and underweight ones.