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

19.5
(%)
in 2016

In 2016, female obesity prevalence for Italy was 19.5 %. Female obesity prevalence of Italy increased from 15.1 % in 1997 to 19.5 % in 2016 growing at an average annual rate of 1.36 %.

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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 19.5 1.04 %
2015 19.3 1.05 %
2014 19.1 1.06 %
2013 18.9 1.61 %
2012 18.6 1.09 %
2011 18.4 1.10 %
2010 18.2 1.11 %
2009 18.0 1.12 %
2008 17.8 1.71 %
2007 17.5 1.16 %
2006 17.3 1.17 %
2005 17.1