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Obesity rates worldwide

Data collated from various published sources and quoted in 'Food Manufacturing: Obesity – the big issue' (J P Morgan European Equity Research)

Obesity rates worldwide chart

Comparison of percentages of population classified as obese.

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Data tables

Percentage of people classified as obese

  % obese
female male
USA flag USA 1999-2000 34 27.7
Argentina flag Argentina 1997 25.4 28.4
Mexico flag Mexico - 25.1 14.9
Russia flag Russia - 25 10
England flag England 2001 23.5 21.0
Germany flag Germany 1991 19.3 17.2
Finland flag Finland - 19 20
Spain flag Spain 1997 15.2 11.5
Italy flag Italy 1999 9.9 9.5
France flag France 1995-1996 7.0 8.0

Percentage of people classified as overweight

  % overweight
female male
England flag England 2001 43.0 46.5
Spain flag Spain 1997 40.0 48.0
Mexico flag Mexico - 37.1 41.4
Finland flag Finland - 33 48
Russia flag Russia - 31 35
Argentina flag Argentina 1997 29.2 38.9
USA flag USA 1999-2000 28 39.3
Italy flag Italy 1999 25.7 41.0
France flag France 1995-1996 20.3 35.0
Germany flag Germany 1991 - -

NB: data are not necessarily directly comparable due to different years of survey and varying age ranges.

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