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Ethiopia - Female obesity prevalence as a share of female ages 18+

6.9
(%)
in 2016

In 2016, female obesity prevalence for Ethiopia was 6.9 %. Between 1997 and 2016, female obesity prevalence of Ethiopia grew substantially from 2.6 to 6.9 % rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 7.69 % in 1998 and then decreased to 4.55 % in 2016.

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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.

Date Value Change, %
2016 6.9 4.55 %
2015 6.6 4.76 %
2014 6.3 6.78 %
2013 5.9 3.51 %
2012 5.7 5.56 %
2011 5.4 5.88 %
2010 5.1 4.08 %
2009 4.9 6.52 %
2008 4.6 4.55 %
2007 4.4 4.76 %
2006 4.2 5.00 %
2005 4.0