The Global Epidemic

• The new IASO/IOTF analysis (2010) estimates that approximately 1.0 billion adults are currently overweight (BMI 25-29.9 Kg/m²), and a further 475 million are obese.  When Asian-specific cut-off points for the definition of obesity (body mass index >28 kg/m2) are taken into account, the number of adults considered obese globally is over 600 million.

• Globally, IASO/IOTF estimate that up to 200 million school aged children are either overweight or obese, of those 40-50 million are classified as obese.

• In the European Union 27 member states, approximately 60% of adults and over 20% of school-age children are overweight or obese.  This equates to around 260 million adults & over 12 million children being either overweight or obese

For further information on general obesity please click here
To visit our intereractive obesity prevalence map please click here
For information on the obesity prevalence statistics and trends please visit our IASO data portal pages by clicking here

Other resources (click the link to view)

WHO and Obesity
CDC Overweight & Obesity

Deakin University, WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention