Global Overweight & Obesity
Prevalence of overweight and obesity in adults around the globe
Notes for researchers
The table highlights the % prevalence of overweight (BMI 25-29.9 kg/m²) and obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m²) in adults around the globe by region and by gender. The countries are selected on the appropriateness and availability of the data. The surveys are not strictly comparable because of differences in age range and methodology. With the limited data available, prevalence’s are not age standardised.
IMPORTANT: Self-reported data is notorious for inaccuracy in estimating BMI. The degree of inaccuracy generally varies by age, gender, socio-economic class, education, nationality and ethnicity and other factors and should not be compared against surveys using measured heights and weight.
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