OBESITY STATISTICS

Last Updated:

11 April 2020

>2.8

MILLION

YEARLY DEATHS

 "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

200%

Worldwide obesity has nearly

tripled since 1975.

INCREASE

2.2

In 2017, more than 2.2 billion

adults, 18 years or older, were

overweight. Of these over 650 million have obesity.

BILLION

Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.

>65

POPULATION

41

MILLION
CHILDREN

More than 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2018.

39%

OVERWEIGHT

13%

OBESE

39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were living with obesity.

DIABETES

HEART DISEASE

CANCER

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.

Obesity is preventable!
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