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

6.5
(%)
in 2014

Between 1995 and 2014, female obesity prevalence of Rwanda grew substantially from 1.7 to 6.5 % rising at an increasing annual rate that reached a maximum of 10.53 % in 1998 and then decreased to 6.56 % in 2014.

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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, %
2014 6.5 6.56 %
2013 6.1 7.02 %
2012 5.7 7.55 %
2011 5.3 6.00 %
2010 5.0 6.38 %
2009 4.7 9.30 %
2008 4.3 7.50 %
2007 4.0 8.11 %
2006 3.7 5.71 %
2005 3.5 9.38 %
2004 3.2 6.67 %
2003 3.0