The incidence of obesity among children is escalating at an alarming rate.

The latest news from the World Health Organization says that, between 1990 and 2012, the number of obese children around the world increased 42 percent, from 31 million to 44 million. But that's nothing compared to what's coming — an increase of 59 percent, to 70 million obese children, by 2025. 

Child obesity hotspots include Africa, where, the WHO reports, the number of obese youngsters grew from 4 million in 1990 to 10 million in 2012. Other areas where children are increasingly suffering from obesity include Pacific Islands, the Caribbean and Middle East, WHO said.

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