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

9.1 (%) in 2016

In 2016, female obesity prevalence for Malawi was 9.1 %. Between 1997 and 2016, female obesity prevalence of Malawi grew substantially from 3.6 to 9.1 % rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 7.14 % in 2001 and then decreased to 4.60 % in 2016.

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What is female 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 Malawi female obesity prevalence?

Date Value Change, %
2016 9.1 4.60 %
2015 8.7 4.82 %
2014 8.3 3.75 %
2013 8.0 5.26 %
2012 7.6 4.11 %
2011 7.3 5.80 %
2010 6.9 4.55 %
2009 6.6 4.76 %
2008 6.3 5.00 %
2007 6.0 5.26 %
2006 5.7 3.64 %
2005 5.5