If nothing is done, Singapore could hit obesity rates of 15 per cent in just seven years, said Dr Annie Ling, who is director of the policy, research and surveillance division at the HPB. KUALA LUMPUR - The Health Ministry aims to have in place an anti-obesity law by 2020. Related: Global obesity has more than doubled since 1980, and has health professionals terming it a “rising epidemic”. The findings by a team of researchers from Singapore’s NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine), Agency for Science, Technology and … Regionally, the Americas topped the overweight list at 61.3%, followed by the Europeans at 58.6%; weighing in at 26.8% and 23% respectively for obesity. It not only causes emotional and mental stress but also creates a psychological barrier for obese people to seek the help they need. Beyond the way you look (because everybody is unique), your goal should be to be healthy. Both globally and in Singapore, the prevalence of obesity and overweight in adults has been increasing steadily over the years. Image by Tham Kwang Wei, President of Singapore Association for the Study of Obesity. Paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition, an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity – “globesity” – is taking over many parts of the world.