Table 1 : Selected statistics on overweight and obesity from most recent national prevalence
surveys in adults.


      Overweight
(% BMI > 25 kg/m2)
Obese
(% BMI > 30 kg/m2)

Country Survey date Age range Male Female Both Male Female Both

Europe

German 1998 18–79 67 54 60 19 22 21
Ireland 1997–99 18–64 66 48 57 20 16 18
Latvia 1997 19–64 51 50 50 10 17 14
Norway 1994 16–79 42 26 34 5 6 5
Sweden 1996–97 16–84 46 34 40 7 7 7

North America

Canada 2000–01 20–64 56 39 47 16 14 15
USA 1999–2002 16+ 66 60 63 26 32 28

Asia

China 1990–2000 20+ 22 26 25 2 4 3
India 1998 18+ 4 4 4 0.3 0.5 0.5
Japan 2001 15+ 27 21 23 3 3 3
Philippines 1998 20+ 17 23 20 2 4 3
Singapore 1998 18–69 34 27 30 5 7 6

Pacific Islands

Cook Islands 1998 17+ 77 81 78 41 50 43
Fiji 1993 18+ 32 50 42 7 21 14
French Polynesia 1995 16+ 75 73 74 36 44 41
Nauru 1994 25–69 80 79 79
Vanuatu 1998 20+ 46 52 49 12 20 16

Middle East

Bahrain 1998–99 19+ 60 62 61 23 34 29
Egypt 1998–99 18–60 49 71 62 13 33 25
Iran 1999 15+ 29 39 34 6 14 10
Saudi Arabia 1995 18+ 40 46 43 13 20 17

Africa

Ghana 1987–89 20–65 5 18 11 1 6 3
Lesotho 1993 20–65 50 23
Morocco 1998–99 18+ 25 45 36 4 16 10
South Africa 1998 15+ 29 56 45 9 30 21

Source: Int J Epidemiol February 2006 vol. 35 no. 1 93-99. The emerging epidemic of obesity in developing
countries.

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