United Press International reported that more than 41 million children under age 5 worldwide are overweight or obese, a number the World Health Organization said will rise to more than 70 million during the next decade.

“Overweight and obesity impact on a child’s quality of life, as they face a wide range of barriers, including physical, psychological and health consequences,” Sania Nishtar, co-chair of the WHO commission, said. “We know that obesity can impact on educational attainment too and this, combined with the likelihood that they will remain obese into adulthood, poses major health and economic consequences for them, their families and society as a whole.”