Childhood Obesity Statistics
What in the World is Going on?

There's an alarming trend spreading around the globe…

childhood obesity statistics

Childhood obesity statistics from countries all over the world indicate that global obesity is rising at a staggering rate.

But obesity in kids isn’t the only problem. Countries are producing higher numbers of overweight children as well.

All kids grow at different rates, so it can be hard to determine if a child is obese or overweight.

Regardless, both conditions indicate that the child’s weight is more than what would be considered the ideal weight for kids of their height.


Obesity is a relatively new phenomenon in our world’s history. It was rarely seen until the 20th century when it became so common the World Health Organization classified it as a "global epidemic."

So, what are the causes of obesity?

Well, one of the biggest reasons is we sit around too much.

There's no doubt the advancement in technology has done wonders for the quality of our lives. It's made the tasks of day-to-day living so much easier and more enjoyable, and it’s provided us with seemingly endless possibilities for entertainment and communication.

However...

We've also allowed it to wreak havoc on our physical health.

From one country to the next, our lives are becoming increasingly more sedentary. We spend more time sitting than moving around, and as we become more inactive, we become fatter.

The sedentary lifestyles are a huge contributing factor to the rising statistics of obesity in children and also adults.

The World Health Organization (WHO) compiled a list of the percentage of overweight children under 5 years old in countries all over the world. Here's some staggering data from their 2010 report.

World's Fattest Kids
World's Skinniest Kids

See how your country stacks up. You may be in for some surprises!

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The fattest countries in the world


Childhood Obesity Statistics - Children <5 Years Old
World's Fattest Kids
(Top 25 Countries*)

COUNTRY% OVERWEIGHT
Bosnia and Herzegovina25.6
Albania25.2
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya22.4
Comoros21.5
Georgia21.0
Egypt20.5
Serbia19.3
Syrian Arab Republic18.7
Guinea-Bissau17.0
Lebanon16.7
Macedonia16.2
Montenegro15.6
Iraq15.0
Kazakhstan14.8
Mongolia14.2
Azerbaijan13.9
Belize13.7
Bulgaria13.6
Djibouti13.4
Morocco13.3
Algeria12.9
Uzbekistan12.8
Armenia11.7
Benin11.4
Swaziland11.4
*Not all countries reported data


Childhood Obesity Statistics - Children <5 Years Old
World's Skinniest Kids
(Top 25 Countries*)
COUNTRY% OVERWEIGHT
Chad4.4
Czech Republic4.4
Colombia4.2
Liberia4.2
Suriname4.0
Haiti3.9
Maldives3.9
Germany3.5
Niger3.5
Papua New Guinea3.4
Viet Nam3.0
Gambia2.7
Singapore2.6
Solomon Islands2.5
Myanmar2.4
Philippines2.4
Senegal2.4
Cambodia2.0
India1.9
Eritrea1.6
Burundi1.4
Lao People's Democratic Republic1.3
Bangladesh1.1
Sri Lanka0.8
Nepal0.6
*Not all countries reported data

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