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
Global Obesity: A Growing Epidemic
The Huffington Post - 2/2/2016 9:35:06 AM
Rates of obesity worldwide have more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, 1.9 billion adults were overweight ... public health threat in countries around the world but with the right policies and strategies in place, the alarming statistics about the growing ...
Fixing high obesity rates in Mexico with a soda tax
The Christian Science Monitor - 2/8/2016 3:11:35 PM
Mexico has the highest rate of overweight or obese adults in the world, and an estimated ... sweetened beverages in the country. Mexico’s “soda tax” was passed in 2014 as part of a larger effort to lower the rate of obesity and the occurrence of ...
Two fold Increase in Childhood Obesity Rate in Africa, Touching 10 Million on Record
nhv.us - 1/31/2016 5:58:33 PM
Obesity is something turning out to be a major curse on society as majority of us is suffering with this problem. As per a new report by the World health organization (WHO), obesity is on alarming upward trend in developing countries and eradicating it is ...
Obesity statistics ring alarm bells in Malaysia
Al JAZEERA - 2/3/2016 2:27:24 PM
The health minister says Malaysia's culture is part of the obesity ... country, or more than five million people, can be classed obese. A further 30 percent are overweight. Like so much of the developed world waistlines have been expanding, but it is the ...
Child obesity numbers are exploding in poor countries
worldtechtoday.com - 1/26/2016 8:27:38 PM
The World Health Organization has released some unnerving statistics concerning ... children in developing countries has more than doubles from 7.5 million to 15.5 million. This, according to a WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO), is due ...
Several large nations consider sugar tax to battle obesity
ewn.co.za - 2/9/2016 4:54:47 AM
For years, public health advocates have called for such measures as one prong of an attack against a growing obesity epidemic that has fuelled rates of heart ... health of one of the world's fattest nations, where 70 percent of adults and 34 percent ...
High diabetes, obesity prevalence and cancer incidence top FNC’s concerns
Gulf News - 2/2/2016 2:14:16 PM
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 2.8 million people die every year from being overweight or obese. The worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled between 1980 and 2014, with 13 per cent of the world’s adult population ...
Obesity rates need to slim down
Times of Malta - 1/26/2016 11:55:14 PM
The Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to ... particularly in the developing world. Overweight prevalence among children aged under five years has risen between 1990 and 2014, from 4.8 per cent to 6.1 per cent, with ...
No, it's not just U.S.: Childhood obesity an 'exploding nightmare' in developing countries
AOL - 1/27/2016 11:00:57 AM
That will give you a sense of the scale of the worldwide crisis of childhood obesity. It is, indeed, global. An alarming report released Monday by the U.N. World Health Organization ... Nevertheless, as the statistics show, "progress in tackling childhood ...
Childhood obesity an "exploding nightmare" in developing world, says WHO
Big News Network - 1/26/2016 7:44:41 PM
GENEVA - Childhood obesity has reached alarming rates globally and has become an "exploding nightmare" in the developing world, including in Africa ... on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) reports that prevalence among children aged under 5 years has ...
This is how the world looks measured by obesity rates
Market Watch - 11/4/2015 3:50:52 AM
The rate of obesity worldwide ... according to the World Health Organization, and the problem is no longer confined to wealthy, developed countries with a large intake of foods high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. More than 1.9 billion adults were deemed ...
New Dietary Guidelines May Help Arkansans Lower State's Obesity Rate
University of Arkansas - 2/3/2016 6:27:48 AM
According to the most recent data (September 2015) from The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, Arkansas’ 35.9 percent adult obesity rate is the highest in the country ... U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas ...
World Obesity Stats – 2010 and Beyond
Hive Health Media - 9/26/2010 11:53:21 PM
Since the 1980s, obesity has spread at an alarming rate. Across OECD countries, one in 2 adults is currently overweight and 1 ... Our kids haven’t been spared – we have allowed 1 in 3 of the world’s kids to become overweight.
Africa facing a childhood obesity crisis
businesstech.co.za - 2/7/2016 1:11:04 PM
According to a new report on childhood obesity from the World ... prevalence of childhood obesity still remains higher in high-income regions. Many countries – including South Africa – face the burden of malnutrition in all its forms, with rising rates ...
Africa's Rate of Child Obesity Doubles
AllAfrica - 1/28/2016 3:24:37 PM
Adults make choices about ... "The developing world is unfortunately catching up with the bad habits of high-income countries," he said. "And, across the developing world, obesity rates are increasing at a faster rate than in those higher-income countries.