Definition: This entry gives the percent of a country's population considered to be obese. Obesity is defined as an adult having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater to or equal to 30.0. BMI is calculated by taking a person's weight in kg and dividing it by the person's squared height in meters.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014See also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate map
Childhood obesity rates exploding in rural China thanks to junk food from the West, study finds
Shanghaiist - 4/28/2016 11:42:10 AM
These unfortunate developments in the public health are being attributed to the ... rates of obesity for both boys and girls, the study also sought to explain why boys from rural Shandong had been hit so heavily: Boys showed a higher prevalence of ...
Obesity, high cholesterol, blood pressure rates soaring so fast that conventional medication will become obsolete
naturalnews.com - 4/27/2016 3:36:35 AM
(NaturalNews) Drugs that are used to lower cholesterol and blood pressure will soon become medically useless if obesity levels keep growing at their current rate, according to a World ... adults lives in one of six wealthy, English-speaking countries ...
Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady
NPR News - 4/26/2016 3:47:55 PM
But a new study published in the journal Obesity concludes that — though the prevalence of obesity among U.S ... when the CDC released numbers pointing to the stubborn rate of obesity among U.S. adults. Skinner says she hopes these findings don't ...
Despite efforts, childhood obesity remains on the rise
sciencedaily.com - 4/26/2016 2:14:52 PM
The alarming increase in American childhood obesity rates that began nearly 30 years ago ... is the increase in severe obesity," Skinner said. The prevalence of severe obesity -- correlated to an adult body mass index of 35 or higher -- accounted for ...
Obesity on the rise among rural Chinese children
GBTIMES - 4/29/2016 10:07:55 AM
Last year, a Chinese national report said adult obesity rates ... the prevalence of diabetes has more than doubled in 10 years. A major survey in April, published in The Lancet medical journal, has predicted that one in five adults in the world could ...
Obesity Rates in US Kids Still Rising, Study Says
Live Science - 4/26/2016 12:13:10 PM
"Studies have repeatedly shown that obesity in childhood is associated with worse health and shortened lifespans as adults ... country, and in most age groups. Additional studies will be needed to see whether the apparent stagnation of childhood obesity ...
Western Lifestyle Fueling Obesity Crisis in China
Med India - 4/27/2016 12:33:28 PM
‘The rise in popularity of the Western lifestyle including junk foods and soft drinks among teenagers pose a threat for an increase in obesity rates in China ... said one in five adults in the world could be obese by 2025.
World's Fattest Countries
Forbes - 2/7/2007 11:59:27 PM
There are currently 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world. In just 10 years, the WHO projects that number will grow by 40%. As far as comparing the obesity rates of countries, “it’s hard to make automatic comparisons,” says Rigby. “It s more ...
U.S. child obesity remains high despite efforts, study says
Japan Times - 4/27/2016 6:42:42 AM
The rates documented in 2013 and 2014 “were not statistically different than those from the previous reporting period of 2011-2012,” said the report. The prevalence ... severe obesity, defined as class III, which was consistent with an adult BMI ...
World Obesity Rate on the Rise: 2.1B People Now Overweight or Obese
News Max - 5/30/2014 1:21:00 PM
World obesity has increased and will continue to rise, with people from both rich and poor countries becoming ... and the rate of girls going from 8.4 percent to 13.4 percent. "In adults, estimated prevalence of obesity exceeded 50 percent in men in ...
Obesity rates tripled in developing countries – survey
RT - 1/3/2014 12:04:48 PM
The study carried out by the UK-based think-tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reveals the rate of obesity in developing countries is almost double ... The study calculates that over one-third of the world’s adult population – around 1.45 ...
The Most Obese Countries In The World
The Business Insider - 1/23/2015 11:16:14 AM
Obesity has been steadily increasing in countries all over the world — and as of 2014, more than half a billion adults worldwide ... The prevalence of obesity is highest in the Americas, with 61% overweight in both sexes. Obesity rates are low in the ...
Worldwide obesity rates reach all-time high
News-Medical - 5/29/2014 9:11:39 AM
Obesity rates have been steadily climbing over the last three decades and the number of adults and children ... regional and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in 188 countries across all 21 world regions between 1980 and 2013.
World Obesity Study Shows Alarming Trend: U.S. In Top Ten Obese Countries
The Inquisitr - 4/3/2016 8:22:45 AM
A recent study reported by The Lancet shows that world obesity ... mortality rates shadow the underweight population. According to the study, current interventions and policies haven’t been able to stop the rise of obesity in most countries, but measures ...
A Third of the World is Now Obese or Overweight
Time - 5/29/2014 10:23:14 AM
Obesity rates ... than adult women. In the developing world, the opposite is true. The prevalence of overweight and obese children and adolescents worldwide has increased by nearly 50 percent since 1980, the study says, and no country on Earth has ...