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Costa Rica - Male obesity prevalence as a share if male population ages 18+

21.1 (%) in 2016

In 2016, male obesity prevalence for Costa Rica was 21.1 %. Between 1997 and 2016, male obesity prevalence of Costa Rica grew substantially from 9.1 to 21.1 % rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 5.71 % in 2001 and then decreased to 3.94 % in 2016.

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What is male obesity prevalence?

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.

What is Costa Rica male obesity prevalence?

Date Value Change, %
2016 21.1 3.94 %
2015 20.3 3.57 %
2014 19.6 3.70 %
2013 18.9 4.42 %
2012 18.1 4.02 %
2011 17.4 4.19 %
2010 16.7 4.38 %
2009 16.0 3.90 %
2008 15.4 4.76 %
2007 14.7 5.00 %
2006 14.0 4.48 %
2005 13.4