CZECHS GET FAT! The proportion of obese population has increased by half in the last decade, from 14% in 2000 to 21% at the end of 2010, according to the WHO. Although not as bad as in some other countries, the trend is highly worrying.
The prevalence of obesity varies nearly tenfold among OECD countries, from a low of 4% in Japan and Korea to 30% or more in the United States and Mexico. Across the entire OECD region, 17% of the adult population are obese.
Obesity rates have more than doubled over the past 20 years in Australia and New Zealand, and increased by half in the United Kingdom and the United States. Evidence from a number of countries indicates that obesity tends to be more common among individuals in disadvantaged socio-economic groups and who are less educated.
Obesity is measured by the Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2) with weight in kilograms and height in metres . Obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more (BMI ≥30 kg/m2).
More details at www.helgilibrary.com/indicators/index/obese-population-measured-as-of-total-population