• Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
• In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
• 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.
• Most of the world's population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
• 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.
• Overweight and hence Obesity is preventable.
Source - As per WHO (World Health Organization)
Source - calorielab. Numbers are in percentage
1. More than 50% of the world’s 671 million obese live in 10 countries: US, China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
2. The US, United Kingdom, and Australia are among the high-income countries with large gains in obesity among men and women.
3. Over the 33-year period of research, the Middle East showed large increases in obesity. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait were among the countries with the largest increases in obesity globally.
4. In six countries, all in the Middle East and Oceania - Kuwait, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Libya, Qatar, and Samoa - the prevalence of obesity for women exceeds 50%.
5. In sub-Saharan Africa, the highest obesity rates (42%) are seen among South African women.
Source - Healthdata
Source - Dailymail.co.uk . Numbers shown in percentage
50% of Obese population lives in 10 countries
2015 Prediction by WHO (World Health Organization)
The World Health Organization predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than
700 million of them will be obese.
U.S, China, India
The heaviest country was the U.S., accounting for about 13 percent of the world’s obese people, followed by China and India, which together represent 15 percent, according to the study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Source - Bloomberg
U.S. Obesity Rate Inches Up to 27.7% in 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese continued to trend upward in 2014, reaching 27.7%. This is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate measured by organizations like Gallup and Healthways in seven years of tracking it.
Obesity cause nearly 300,000 deaths per year in the United States
Illnesses related to obesity cause nearly 300,000 deaths per year in the United States, which makes obesity second only to smoking as the leading cause of preventable death.
U.S. Obesity Rate Inches Up to 27.7% in 2014
Due to the health risks associated with excessive body fat, it is vital to understand how the body gains weight and the amount of calories it takes for the body to begin storing this energy as fat accumulation.
Source - livestrong
More than half of the world’s 671 million obese people live in the U.S., China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia.
During the more than three decades studied, the largest increase in obesity rates were in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Honduras and Bahrain for women and New Zealand, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for men.
In Kuwait, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Libya, Qatar and Samoa more than 50 percent of the women are obese, while in Tonga, more than half of men and women are obese, the paper showed.
Source - Bloomberg
Nearly two-thirds of men and women in the UK are obese or overweight, according to new analysis of overweight and obesity data conducted by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
The study which looks at data from 1980 to 2013, claims that more people in the UK are either obese or overweight than at any other time in the past three decades. The UK, it says, has the third-highest rate of excess weight in western Europe behind Iceland and Malta.
67% of men and 57% of women in the UK are overweight or obese according to the study which uses a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 25 to define 'overweight' and a BMI of 30 or more to define 'obese'.
Researchers found that overweight and obesity among children and adolescents is also a growing problem in the UK. The study found 26% of boys and 29% of girls were overweight or obese, compared to 17.5% and 21% in 1980.
Copeland, Cumbria, has the most overweight people in England, according to the data from Public Health England.
The analysis shows that more than three-quarters of Copeland's population (75.9%) are overweight or obese.
Doncaster, south Yorkshire, has the second highest population of overweight people with 74.4%, while East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, comes third, with 73.8%.
In the UK, 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese
India - Third largest obese country in the World
India Needs To Lose Weight - 1 Out of 3 Indians Are Obese
Indians people typically believe that the Indian diet is healthier as compare to Western diets. While this may be true if we compare average the Indian diet with say eating burgers, but despite this ‘healthier diet’, Indians are gaining weight, just like people in some of the developed countries like the US, UK, Australia and others.
And this trend is extremely pronounced in urban India, where over the last 20 years, incomes have risen significantly, along with spending on food and entertainment. This, coupled with sedentary lifestyle is increasing waistlines.
Multiple surveys over the last few years have been pointing to this. Fitho recently did a survey, which included over 4000 people - who read the daily newspaper, mostly in urban India: metros, Tier 1 and Tier 2 towns, and the data was surprising -
- Almost 3 out of 4 participants (i.e. 73%) were overweight.
- 46% (almost half) of the participants were obese, i.e. a BMI more than 30.
- Men and women were both equally overweight.
- Women have a tendency to become overweight, up to 2 years before men.
Source - Infographicszone
As per U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Many Americans aren't very physically active. One reason for this is that many people spend hours in front of TVs and computers doing work, schoolwork, and leisure activities. In fact, more than 2 hours a day of regular TV viewing time has been linked to overweight and obesity.
Source - US Department of Health and Human Services
Obesity rates soar in Australia, a global survey reveals
The analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 study, led by University of Washington researchers and published in the journal Lancet, examined the rates of excessive weight in adults and children in 188 countries between 1980 and 2013.
It found 29 per cent - or 5.2 million - Australian adults are now obese according to their body mass index, a measure of the relationship between height and weight, compared to 16 per cent in 1980. About one quarter of children and more than 60 per cent of adults are either overweight or obese. One third of women are obese, a 75 per cent increase since 1980.
Obesity rates in Australia and New Zealand have soared by more than 80 per cent in the past 33 years, the biggest increase in a groundbreaking survey of almost 200 countries.
The findings, which reveal almost one in three Australians is obese, intensifies pressure on the government to restrict junk food marketing, restore the healthy food-star rating system and force companies to cut sugar and fat in processed food and drink.
Source - Sydney Morning Herald
Overweight and obese adults in 2013 in Canada
To assess the health risks of obesity, the World Health Organization and Health Canada use guidelines based on Body Mass Index (BMI).
In 2013, 18.8% of Canadians aged 18 and older, roughly 4.9 million adults, reported height and weight that classified them as obese. The rate of obesity among men increased to 20.1% in 2013 from 18.7% in 2012, but was the same as the rate between 2009 and 2011. Among women, the rate of obesity in 2013 (17.4%) was about the same as in 2012 (Chart 1).
The rate of adults who reported height and weight that classified them as overweight in 2013 was 41.9% for men and 27.7% for women. The percentage of men who were overweight was about the same as 2012, but is an increase from 40.2% in 2011.
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Key facts about Obesity and Overweight World wide
Public Health England says that across the entire country 64%, or nearly two-thirds of adults, are overweight.
While the numbers vary, most of the population is overweight. The lightest region is London, with 57% overweight, while the north-east tops the regional league, with 68% of the population overweight. The north-west is just behind, on 66%.
Source - BBC
- The US, United Kingdom, and Australia are among the high-income countries with large gains in obesity among men and women.
Source - Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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