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Citizens of the world have been given a [gleaming / gloomy] and worrying health warning – half of us will be [classed / closed] as obese or overweight by 2035. The World Obesity Federation (WOF) has warned that in just over a decade, more than four billion people will be [too / far] heavy for their own well-being. There are [concurrently / currently] over a billion obese people in the world. The fastest rising [ratio / rates] are among children and [adolescents / adolescence] . The WHO defines obesity as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that [presents / gifts] a risk to health". A body mass index (BMI) over 25 is [considerable / considered] overweight, and over 30 is obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association classified obesity [was / as] a disease. Many health organizations have described it as a [pandemic / epidemic] .

The WOF [warned / waned] immediate action must be taken to avoid "serious [repercussion / repercussions] " in the future. It said the [raise / rise] was "particularly worrying". It added that, "governments and policymakers around the world need to do all they can to [avoidance / avoid] passing health, social, and economic costs [on / in] to the younger generation". The federation called for the root causes to be [addressed / posted] . These include an increased consumption of highly [processing / processed] foods, greater levels of sedentary behaviour, and a [slack / lack] of healthcare services to assist in weight management. The WOF recommended restricting the marketing [of / at] food that has high fat, salt or sugar content, and providing healthy food [in / of] schools.

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