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Papua New Guinea - Female obesity prevalence as a share of female ages 18+

25.8 (%) in 2016

In 2016, female obesity prevalence for Papua New Guinea was 25.8 %. Female obesity prevalence of Papua New Guinea increased from 15.7 % in 1997 to 25.8 % in 2016 growing at an average annual rate of 2.65 %.

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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 25.8 2.79 %
2015 25.1 2.45 %
2014 24.5 2.51 %
2013 23.9 2.14 %
2012 23.4 2.63 %
2011 22.8 2.70 %
2010 22.2 2.78 %
2009 21.6 2.37 %
2008 21.1 2.93 %
2007 20.5 2.50 %
2006 20.0 2.56 %
2005 19.5