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

21.6
(%)
in 2014

Female obesity prevalence of Italy increased from 15.7 % in 1995 to 21.6 % in 2014 growing at an average annual rate of 1.69 %.

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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 21.6 1.41 %
2013 21.3 1.43 %
2012 21.0 1.45 %
2011 20.7 1.47 %
2010 20.4 1.49 %
2009 20.1 1.52 %
2008 19.8 1.54 %
2007 19.5 1.56 %
2006 19.2 1.59 %
2005 18.9 1.61 %
2004 18.6 2.20 %
2003 18.2