Obesity Worldwide – Global Overweight

Worldwide Obesity Trends
Global Obesity Trends, Globesity the Growing Epidemic of Chronic Overweight

Weight Loss Diet AdviceObesity InformationObesity StatisticsUK Obesity Statistics
Body Mass Index GuideObesity ManagementObesity DietWeight Management Guide
Weight Management ProgramHelp For Obese PatientsRisks of Obesity

Worldwide Obesity Trends – Globesity

The worldwide incidence of obesity is increasing. In fact a new word – “globesity” has now been coined to reflect the escalation of global obesity and overweight. In 1998, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report entitled “Obesity: Preventing and Managing the Global Epidemic”, which classified obesity as a growing epidemic. According to WHO, if immediate action is not taken, millions will suffer from an array of serious weight-related disorders.

Global Overweight Now Rivals Underweight

For the first time, the number of overweight individuals around the world rivals the number who are underweight. Developing nations have also joined the ranks of countries troubled by obesity. A 1999 United Nations (UN) survey found obesity growing in all developing regions, even in countries beset by hunger. In China, the number of overweight people rose from less than 10 percent to 15 percent in just three years. In Brazil and Colombia, the figure of overweight is about 40 percent – comparable with a number of European countries. Even sub-Saharan Africa, where most of the world’s hungry live, is seeing an increase in obesity, especially among urban women. In all regions, obesity appears to escalate as income increases.

Obesity in the West

In the United States, obesity is the most common chronic disease, affecting more than 1 in 4 of all Americans, including children, and its incidence has been steadily increasing for the past 20 years. In Europe, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, and the remaining portions of the Americas, the occurrence of obesity appears to be increasing and is now between 10 and 20 percent. The prevalence of obesity is still fairly low in China, Japan, and many countries in Africa.

Global Obesity Levels

Table 1. Percentage of Obese Adults in Europe and Australia

This obesity data is displayed as a guide only, as obesity statistics are constantly updated.

Country Percentage of Obese Men Percentage of Obese Women
Finland 19 19
Russia 10.8 27.9
England 17 20
Germany 17.2 19.3
Czech 16.3 20.2
Scotland 15.9 17.3
Belgium 12.1 18.4
Spain 11.5 15.2
Sweden 10 11.9
France 9.6 10.5
Denmark 10 9
Holland 8.4 8.3
Italy 6.5 6.3
Australia 18 18

International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) More About Severe Overweight

Causes of Obesity
Obesity Treatment Methods
Treatment of Morbidly Obese Patients
Obesity in Children
Abdominal Obesity Guide
Mild Obesity Guide
Morbid Obesity Guide
Malignant Obesity Guide
Super Obesity Guide

Weight Loss Diet Program | 9 Diet Programs – Try Them All | Weight Loss Support | Weight Loss Forum
Weight Loss Help | Healthy Weight Advice | BMI Chart | Obesity Chart | Weight Loss For Obese Patients
Weight & Health Risks | Ideal Weight for Women | Ideal Weight for Men | Waist Circumference | Body Fat Percent
Body Fat & Health | Body Fat Calculators | Reduce Fat Belly | Obesity & Breast Cancer | What Causes Weight Gain
Weight Loss Tips | Best Support Group | Forum For Obese Patients | Support Group For Obese Patients
Lose Weight After Pregnancy | Weight Loss – Pregnancy | Weight Control – Breastfeeding | Mid-Life Weight Gain
Menopause & Diet | Weight Control in Menopause | Weight and Depression | Teen Weight Loss & Healthy Eating
Help For Overweight Children | Fast Weight Loss | Raise Metabolism | Weight Loss Drugs to Reduce Obesity
Bariatric Surgery | Gastrointestinal Surgery | Health Dangers of Bariatric Surgery | Health Dangers of Gastric Bypass
Weight Loss Programs | How to Reduce Weight | Journal | Weight Loss Advice
Calories Index | Guide to Calorie Needs | Calorie Needs for Women | Calorie Needs Men | Calories & Weight Loss