11 April 2020
"Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese. "
- World Health Organization
Worldwide obesity has nearly
tripled since 1975.
In 2017, more than 2.2 billion
adults, 18 years or older, were
overweight. Of these over 650 million have obesity.
Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
More than 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2018.
39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were living with obesity.
44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden, and between 7% to 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.