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GOPC Country Ranking Tool

This interactive tool uses 7 key indicators to rank over 230 countries and territories around the world. Here, you can easily visualize comparisons of overweight children, obesity and diabetes rates in adults, food security, life expectancy, income and physical activity levels in countries/ territories around the world. The default set of countries is fixed to China, United States, India and France, however, multiple countries or continents can be selected to compare. By using this tool, you may be able to see how under-nutrition and rates of being overweight or obese exist side-by-side within the same country as well as how life expectancy and income level may correlate across each country.

Adult Obesity Rate

According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Factbook, as of 2008, the global average rate of obesity in adults is 19%. Use this indicator to navigate through each country to see which is below, the same or above the global average rate. You may also use other indicators to see how they might factor in.

Source:

United States., Central Intelligence Agency. (n.d.). The CIA world factbook 2013.

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Adult Diabetes Rate

According to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million deaths each year are directly connected to diabetes. Use this indicator to see the prevalence of diabetes throughout each country. Each figure represents the total number of people who have diabetes in that particular country.

Source:

National, regional, and global trends in fasting plasma glucose and diabetes prevalence since 1980: systematic analysis of health examination surveys and epidemiological studies with 370 country-years and 2·7 million participants
Danaei, Goodarz et al.
The Lancet , Volume 378 , Issue 9785 , 31 – 40.

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Childhood Overweight Rate

Globally, 42 million preschool children were overweight in 2013. This dataset shows the percentage of children aged 0-59 months who are above two standard deviations from the median weight-for-height of the WHO Child Growth Standards.

Source:

UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates, September 2015 edition.

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Life Expectancy

According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) World Factbook, as of 2008, the global average life expectancy is 72 years old. Use this indicator to navigate through each country to see which is below, the same or above the global average. You may also use other indicators to see how they might factor in.

Source:

United States., Central Intelligence Agency. (n.d.). The CIA world factbook 2013.

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Physical Inactivity Level

According to the Lancet, physical inactivity causes between 6% - 10% of four major diseases- coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and breast and colon cancer, and was responsible for 5.3 million deaths worldwide in 2008. The figures in this section indicate the percentage of physical inactivity in each of the 119 countries.

Source:

Evidence-based intervention in physical activity: lessons from around the world
Heath, Gregory W et al.
The Lancet , Volume 380 , Issue 9838 , 272 - 281

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Food Security Score

The 2015 Global Food Security Index provides insight for 109 different countries through a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model. The overall score is determined by three principal factors: affordability, availability and quality/ safety. Each figure is a weighted total out of 100 where 100 is the most favorable.

Source:

Global food security index 2015 (Rep.). (n.d.). Retrieved March 22, 2016, from DuPont; The Economist Intelligence Unit website: EIU Global Food Security Index - 2015 Findings & Methodology.

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Income Level

The figure in this indicator is represented by the GNI (gross national income) per capita converted to U.S. dollars. Using the World Bank Atlas method, the GNI is calculated by the sum of the value added by all resident producers plus any product taxes (less subsidies) not included in the valuation of output plus net receipts of primary income from abroad.

Source:

The World Bank: World Bank Development Indicators: World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files

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Filters

Use the advanced filter feature to quickly see how many countries represent the scale of your choosing. Simply drag the scale you’d like shown in each of the categories and click on “Apply Changes.”

All filters combined will show of countries when applied.

Adult Obesity Rate

The adult obesity rate is the percentage of a country’s population that has a BMI of 30 or over according to the 2013 CIA World Factbook.

Adult Diabetes Rate

The diabetes rate is the number of people who have diabetes in 2000 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Childhood Overweight Rate

The childhood overweight rate is the percentage of children aged 0-59 months who are above two standard deviations from the median weight for height of the WHO Child Growth Standards (the WHO Child Growth Standards were developed using data collected in the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study).

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy at birth is the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages.

Physical Inactivity Level

The amount of physical inactivity per country is defined as not meeting any of the following criteria: (1) 5 x 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week; (2) 3 x 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week; (3) an equivalent combination achieving = 600 metabolic per week.

Food Security Score

The food security score is a weighted total out of 100 that is determined by three core factors: the food’s affordability, availability and quality/ safety.

Income Level

The income level is the total GNI (gross national income) per capita converted to U.S. dollars.