10 facts on obesity

Reviewed March 2013

Woman having her waist measured, Belize
WHO/Godfrey Xuereb

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese. Once associated with high-income countries, obesity is now also prevalent in low- and middle-income countries.

Governments, international partners, civil society, non governmental organizations and the private sector all have vital roles to play in contributing to obesity prevention.

Read the fact file on obesity

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