Child Obesity Statistics
Around the World

child obesity statistics

It’s impossible to look at the child obesity statistics for countries around the world and not realize we have a serious problem.

Global obesity rates have doubled since 1980, and practically all inhabitable parts of the world are being affected with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia.

And there are no signs of slowing down...

As we continue the unhealthy eating trends and lifestyle habits we have made part of our daily lives, we’ll only see the problem continue to grow.

It’s time for a change...


There are lots of facts and statistics available regarding children and obesity, but when everything is stripped away, one simple truth stands out…

Obesity is preventable

Maintaining a healthy body weight is mostly about choices, particularly regarding diet and physical activity. And most of those choices are affected by the child’s environment, starting with their family.
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We've got some excellent resources about weight loss for kids that will help your overweight children maintain an ideal body weight.

One of the best ways to stay fit is to participate in regular physical activity.

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Want to learn some facts about overweight children that may surprise you?

These child obesity statistics were published in various global health studies over the past few years:

  • 1 in 3 kids are overweight.

  • A 2005 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that more than 20 million kids under the age of 5 years old globally were overweight.

  • In 2010, that number increased to nearly 43 million children.

  • Obesity was once considered a problem that only faced rich countries, but now we see it on the rise in low and middle-income countries as well, particularly in urban areas.

  • Close to 35 million overweight children live in developing countries and 8 million in developed countries.

  • The rate of overweight people is projected to increase by 1% for the next 10 years in some countries.

  • According to one study, 80% of kids who were overweight when they were between 10-15 years olds were obese by 25.

Below are some statistics on overweight children under the age of 5 published by the World Health Organization based on data gathered from 2000-2009.

See how the countries of the world stack up.

child obesity statistics

For further information about child obesity statistics for individual countries, visit the WHO website.

Want to see who has the world’s fattest and skinniest kids?



Child Obesity Statistics
% of Overweight Children <5 Years Old*

COUNTRY% OVERWEIGHT
Afghanistan4.6
Albania25.2
Algeria12.9
Angola5.3
Argentina9.9
Armenia11.7
Azerbaijan13.9
Bangladesh1.1
Belarus9.7
Belize13.7
Benin11.4
Bhutan5.2
Bolivia8.7
Bosnia and Herzegovina25.6
Botswana10.4
Brazil7.3
Bulgaria13.6
Burkina Faso7.7
Burundi1.4
Cambodia2.0
Cameroon9.6
Central African Republic10.8
Chad4.4
Chile9.5
China5.9
Colombia4.2
Comoros21.5
Congo8.5
Côte d'Ivoire9.0
Czech Republic4.4
Democratic Republic of the Congo6.8
Djibouti13.4
Dominican Republic8.3
Ecuador5.1
Egypt20.5
El Salvador5.8
Equatorial Guinea8.3
Eritrea1.6
Ethiopia5.1
Gabon5.6
Gambia2.7
Georgia21.0
Germany3.5
Ghana5.9
Guatemala5.6
Guinea-Bissau17.0
Guyana6.8
Haiti3.9
Honduras5.8
India1.9
Indonesia11.2
Iraq15.0
Jordan6.6
Kazakhstan14.8
Kenya5.0
Kuwait9.0
Kyrgyzstan10.7
Lao People's Democratic Republic1.3
Lebanon16.7
Lesotho6.8
Liberia4.2
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya22.4
Malawi11.3
Maldives3.9
Mali4.7
Mexico7.6
Mongolia14.2
Montenegro15.6
Morocco13.3
Mozambique6.3
Myanmar2.4
Namibia4.6
Nepal0.6
Nicaragua5.2
Niger3.5
Nigeria10.5
Pakistan4.8
Papua New Guinea3.4
Peru9.1
Philippines2.4
Republic of Moldova9.1
Romania8.3
Rwanda6.7
Saudi Arabia6.1
Senegal2.4
Serbia19.3
Sierra Leone10.1
Singapore2.6
Solomon Islands2.5
Somalia4.7
Sri Lanka0.8
Sudan5.3
Suriname4.0
Swaziland11.4
Syrian Arab Republic18.7
Tajikistan6.7
Thailand8.0
Macedonia16.2
Trinidad and Tobago4.9
Tunisia8.8
Turkey9.1
Tuvalu6.3
Uganda4.9
United Republic of Tanzania4.9
United States of America8.0
Uruguay9.4
Uzbekistan12.8
Vanuatu4.7
Venezuela6.1
Viet Nam3.0
Yemen5.0
Zambia8.4
Zimbabwe9.1
*Not all countries reported data.


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