Obesity is a major global, epidemic that affects everyone- all age groups, all income levels and all countries.
- Obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
- At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
- The global cost of obesity has risen to over $2 trillion annually.
- In 2014, 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
- In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
- Since 1980, rates of obese:
- 6 to 11-year-olds more than doubled (7% to 17.5%).
- 12 to 19-year-olds more than quadrupled (5% to 20.5%).
- The average adult obesity rate is roughly 38%.
- Half of the states have an adult obesity rate of 30% or higher.
- More than 15 million children live in food-insecure households.
- In 2015, 73% of high school students and 80% of adults do not reach the recommended levels of physical activity.
- Approximately 25% of young adults (ages 17 to 24) are too overweight to join the military.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Unlike in the past, when undernutrition was a greater threat than over-nutrition, more people around the world die from obesity-related diseases than from malnutrition every year.
- Many low- and middle-income countries now face a "double burden" of disease. Even as they continue to struggle with the problems of infectious diseases and poor nutrition, they are also experiencing a rapid upsurge in obesity, particularly in urban areas.
- This double burden is caused by inadequate pre-natal, infant and child nutrition, which is then followed by exposure to high-fat, energy-dense, micronutrient-poor foods and a lack of physical activity as the child grows older.
- Thus, it is common to find undernutrition and obesity existing side-by-side within the same country, the same community and even within the same household in these settings.
Try using our Country Ranking Tool to visualize comparisons of overweight children, obesity and diabetes rates in adults, food security, life expectancy, income and physical activity levels in 230 countries and territories around the world.
Data compiled from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the State of Obesity.