As Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign against obesity approaches its one-year anniversary, I looked at the World Health Organization (WHO)’s data about obesity on a global scale.
The WHO’s latest projections suggest that globally (as of 2008): approximately 1.5 billion adults (above the age of 20) were overweight; of these, more than 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
WHO also forecasts that by 2015, approximately 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese. Nearly 43 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight globally in 2010.
“Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer,” WHO stated.
Based on its definition of how body mass index (BMI) is related to being overweight and/or obese – last year WHO unveiled a list of countries with the highest percentage of its population who are overweight.
Here is a list of countries along with the percentage of the population that is overweight by WHO’s standards).