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.
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.
Check out our free kids sports activities and games that will get your kids moving around, burning calories, and having fun at the same time!
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:
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*
|Afghanistan||4.6||Albania||25.2||Algeria||12.9||Angola||5.3||Argentina||9.9||Armenia||11.7||Azerbaijan||13.9||Bangladesh||1.1||Belarus||9.7||Belize||13.7||Benin||11.4||Bhutan||5.2||Bolivia||8.7||Bosnia and Herzegovina||25.6||Botswana||10.4||Brazil||7.3||Bulgaria||13.6||Burkina Faso||7.7||Burundi||1.4||Cambodia||2.0||Cameroon||9.6||Central African Republic||10.8||Chad||4.4||Chile||9.5||China||5.9||Colombia||4.2||Comoros||21.5||Congo||8.5||Côte d'Ivoire||9.0||Czech Republic||4.4||Democratic Republic of the Congo||6.8||Djibouti||13.4||Dominican Republic||8.3||Ecuador||5.1||Egypt||20.5||El Salvador||5.8||Equatorial Guinea||8.3||Eritrea||1.6||Ethiopia||5.1||Gabon||5.6||Gambia||2.7||Georgia||21.0||Germany||3.5||Ghana||5.9||Guatemala||5.6||Guinea-Bissau||17.0||Guyana||6.8||Haiti||3.9||Honduras||5.8||India||1.9||Indonesia||11.2||Iraq||15.0||Jordan||6.6||Kazakhstan||14.8||Kenya||5.0||Kuwait||9.0||Kyrgyzstan||10.7||Lao People's Democratic Republic||1.3||Lebanon||16.7||Lesotho||6.8||Liberia||4.2||Libyan Arab Jamahiriya||22.4||Malawi||11.3||Maldives||3.9||Mali||4.7||Mexico||7.6||Mongolia||14.2||Montenegro||15.6||Morocco||13.3||Mozambique||6.3||Myanmar||2.4||Namibia||4.6||Nepal||0.6||Nicaragua||5.2||Niger||3.5||Nigeria||10.5||Pakistan||4.8||Papua New Guinea||3.4||Peru||9.1||Philippines||2.4||Republic of Moldova||9.1||Romania||8.3||Rwanda||6.7||Saudi Arabia||6.1||Senegal||2.4||Serbia||19.3||Sierra Leone||10.1||Singapore||2.6||Solomon Islands||2.5||Somalia||4.7||Sri Lanka||0.8||Sudan||5.3||Suriname||4.0||Swaziland||11.4||Syrian Arab Republic||18.7||Tajikistan||6.7||Thailand||8.0||Macedonia||16.2||Trinidad and Tobago||4.9||Tunisia||8.8||Turkey||9.1||Tuvalu||6.3||Uganda||4.9||United Republic of Tanzania||4.9||United States of America||8.0||Uruguay||9.4||Uzbekistan||12.8||Vanuatu||4.7||Venezuela||6.1||Viet Nam||3.0||Yemen||5.0||Zambia||8.4||Zimbabwe||9.1|
*Not all countries reported data.
If you're interested in child obesity statistics, you might also be interested in these topics:
Childhood obesity facts
Causes of obesity
Definition of obesity
Obesity in the U.S.
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