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Obesity and Overweight factsheet from the WHO


World Health Organization (WHO)

Subject Keywords: WHO Obesity factsheet No. 311
Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: International (other)

Key facts

  • Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.


  • In 2008, 1.5 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.


  • 65% of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.


  • Nearly 43 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010.


  • Obesity is preventable.



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Suggested citation:

World Health Organization (WHO). (2011) Obesity and Overweight factsheet from the WHO [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 6th April 2020].


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