Friday, October 8, 2010

Obesity and overweight (Percentage Of Fat people around the world)

 

Facts
  • Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese.
  • Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer.
  • The key causes are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and reduced physical activity.

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight - at least 300 million of them clinically obese - and is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. Often coexisting in developing countries with under-nutrition, obesity is a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socioeconomic groups.

Increased consumption of more energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high levels of sugar and saturated fats, combined with reduced physical activity, have led to obesity rates that have risen three-fold or more since 1980 in some areas of North America, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and China.The obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; this increase is often faster in developing countries than in the developed world.

Obesity and overweight pose a major risk for serious diet-related chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of premature death, to serious chronic conditions that reduce the overall quality of life. Of especial concern is the increasing incidence of child obesity.

Showing latest available data From WHO

Rank 

# 1   United States:
30.6% 

# 2   Mexico:
24.2% 

# 3   United Kingdom:
23% 

# 4   Slovakia:
22.4% 

# 5   Greece:
21.9% 

# 6   Australia:
21.7% 

# 7   New Zealand:
20.9% 

# 8   Hungary:
18.8% 

# 9   Luxembourg:
18.4% 

# 10   Czech Republic:
14.8% 

# 11   Canada:
14.3% 

# 12   Spain:
13.1% 

# 13   Ireland:
13% 

# 14   Germany:
12.9% 

= 15  
Portugal:12.8% 

= 15  
Finland:12.8% 

# 17   Iceland:
12.4% 

# 18   Turkey:
12% 

# 19   Belgium:
11.7% 

# 20   Netherlands:
10% 

Source:WHO

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