Obesity Rates by Gender

What is Obesity?

Obesity is among the most important health problems of developed and developing countries today. Obesity is, in general, an excessive increase in the ratio of fat mass to lean mass of the body, which exceeds the desired level of body weight according to the resultant length of the body.

In order to maintain a healthy life, the energy consumed by the body needs to be kept in balance.

In adult males, 15-18% of body weight and 20-25% of females constitute “fat cells”. If this rate is 25% for males and 30% for females, this results in obesity.

Causes of Obesity

Nowadays, obesity is seen from children to the elderly, and the number of obese patients increases day by day. Many factors, such as the progress of technology, increased work intensity and stress, and changes in eating habits, cause the number of obese people in the community to increase.

A European map shows obesity rates by gender per country, with a legend and data table.

According to obesity statistics in Europe, nearly in all countries, it seems women and men have similar obesity rates.

Did you know?

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
  • Lastly and happily it is preventable.

When you lose weight;

  • Your body circulates blood more efficiently
  • Your fluid levels are more easily managed.
  • You are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and sleep apnea.

Losing weight could look difficult from outside if you have obesity. You may try several times to do a diet but it didn’t work. However, with a diet professional and with the help of a doctor, you can make a progress on your way to a fit and happy life. You need to be decided to live a healthier life and visit a doctor if you have the obesity problem.

Source: http://www.who.int, article: Obesity and Overweight