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Health > Obesity in women: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

There are many possible reasons why the United States is not on this list. It may not have been one of the countries selected by the surveyors. Also, the United States may not collect information on citizens’ weights and heights, without which it would be impossible to calculate their BMI. Another possibility is that the survey relied on self-reporting and that people intentionally or unintentionally underestimated their weight.

Estimates of the number of American adults who are overweight range up to two-thirds and as many as one-third may be obese (defined as having more than 30 per cent of body weight as fat). According to the mortality statistics, obesity killed 2,989 Americans in the year 2000, more than the number in the next eight highest countries combined.

DEFINITION: Percentage of women who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for 2002).

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Slovakia 25.4% 2002
2 United Kingdom 22.8% 2002
3 Czech Republic 16.1% 2002
4 Iceland 12.4% 2002
5 Finland 11.7% 2002
6 Netherlands 11% 2002
7 Sweden 9.8% 2002
8 France 9.1% 2002
9 Norway 8.2% 2002
10 Switzerland 7.5% 2002
11 Japan 3.8% 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Health > Obesity in women. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Health Data 2004. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Obesity-in-women

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There are many possible reasons why the United States is not on this list. It may not have been one of the countries selected by the surveyors. Also, the United States may not collect information on citizens’ weights and heights, without which it would be impossible to calculate their BMI. Another possibility is that the survey relied on self-reporting and that people intentionally or unintentionally underestimated their weight.

Estimates of the number of American adults who are overweight range up to two-thirds and as many as one-third may be obese (defined as having more than 30 per cent of body weight as fat). According to the mortality statistics, obesity killed 2,989 Americans in the year 2000, more than the number in the next eight highest countries combined.

Posted on 17 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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The US is not on here. Maybe because it's off the charts! Go anywhere in the US and the first thing you notice about the people is the percentage of fat and really fat people. My theory is the by 1996 the computer technology and internet closed the remaining time we had to get up and do things. People spend much more time sitting today.

Posted on 13 Jul 2010

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