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Male obesity prevalence as a share if male population ages 18+


In 2016, male obesity prevalence in Iran was 19.3 %. In the ranking by male obesity prevalence including 188 countries, Iran has the 118th rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Egypt and the Iraq. Compared to Australia which at the top of the ranking with male obesity prevalence of 29.6 % in 2016, Iran has 34.80 % percent lower male obesity prevalence.

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What is male 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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