Obesity rates surpass one billion infographic
Graphic shows adult obesity rate worldwide and percentage of obese men and women among selected countries.


More than a billion people obese worldwide

By Jordi Bou

March 1, 2024 - Over 1 billion people globally are now living with obesity, as rates have more than doubled in adults and quadrupled among children and adolescents since 1990.

This includes about 880 million adults and 159 million children, according to 2022 data.

The highest rates are in Tonga and American Samoa for women and American Samoa and Nauru for men, with some 70-80% of adults living with obesity.

Countries in Africa and the Middle East, historically associated with undernourishment, are now also struggling with weight gain.

Approximately 1,500 researchers contributed to the study by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). Published in the Lancet, it found that over the period obesity rates increased fourfold among children, and doubled among adults.

Obese linked to increased risk of numerous serious health problems, according to WHO.

PUBLISHED: 01/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom