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By 2030, chronic disease could kill up to 4.2 million people annually in South East Asia. More than 2.5 million people died from chronic diseases in the region in 2005, 30% of whom were between 15 and 59 years old. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes quadrupled from 1970 to 2005, twice the rate of the USA in the same time period.1
In recent years, Thailand has developed a childhood obesity problem. Statistics from Thailand's Ministry of Public Health reveal significant increases in the rate of obesity among children. In the past five years, the percentage of obese pre-school children rose from 5.8% to 7.9%; in school-age children, the obesity rate went from 5.8% up to 6.7% during the same period. Among Thailand's young adults (aged between 20 and 29), the obesity rate over the same five-year period increased 36% among men, and 47% among women.
1. Dans A, Ng N, Varghese C, et al. The rise of chronic non-communicable diseases in southeast Asia: time for action. Lancet 2011; 377: 680-9.
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012