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Female obesity prevalence as a share of female ages 18+

(%)

In 2016, female obesity prevalence in Belarus was 26.3 %. In the ranking by female obesity prevalence including 188 countries, Belarus has the 39th rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Switzerland. Compared to Australia which at the top of the ranking with female obesity prevalence of 28.4 % in 2016, Belarus has 7.39 % percent lower female obesity prevalence.

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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.

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