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

6.0
(%)
in 2014

Female obesity prevalence of Korea increased from 3 % in 1995 to 6 % in 2014 growing at an average annual rate of 3.74 %.

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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 6.0 5.26 %
2013 5.7 5.56 %
2012 5.4 5.88 %
2011 5.1 6.25 %
2010 4.8 6.67 %
2009 4.5 4.65 %
2008 4.3 4.88 %
2007 4.1 2.50 %
2006 4.0 2.56 %
2005 3.9 2.63 %
2004 3.8 0.00 %
2003 3.8