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Obesity Update

 

OECD OBESITY UPDATE 2017

Today, more than one in two adults and nearly one in six children are overweight or obese in the OECD area. The obesity epidemic has spread further in the past five years, although at a slower pace than before. Despite this, new projections show a continuing increase of obesity in all studied countries. Social disparities in obesity persist and have increased in some countries. A nearly tenfold variation in obesity and overweight rates can be seen across OECD countries.

In the last few years, new policy strategies devised to fight obesity have emerged. This Obesity Update focusses on a selection of those, specifically at communication policies aimed to tackle obesity, in particular by improving nutrient information displayed on food labels, using social and new media to sensitise the population, or by regulating the marketing of food products. Better communication helps empower people to make healthier choices. However, comprehensive policy packages, including not only communication but also broader regulatory and fiscal policies, are needed to tackle obesity effectively.
 

 

 

KEY DATA

  • Figure 1: Obesity among adults
  • Figure 2: Prevalence of overweight (including obesity)
  • Figure 3: Self-reported overweight (including obesity) among 15-year-olds
  • Figure 4: Obesity in children aged 3-17
  • Figure 5: Projected rates of obesity
  • Figure 6: Education-related inequality in overweight

 



Notes:
- Measured data are used, except for the following countries where self-reported height and weight data are used: Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
- The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.

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