Percentage of Obesity and Underweight Population over 19 Years of Age by Sex

    Date 2018-12-24

    This is the result of looking at Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Statistical Yearbook of Health and Welfare on percentage of obesity* and underweight+ population over 19 years of age by sex. Bewteen 2005 to 2015, both men and women have seen an increase in the proportion of the obese population. However the peroportion of the underweight population has slighlty lowered.


    Overall, the proportion of the obese population is high for women than for men. Looking at the changes in the percentage of obesity and underweight by specific figures, the proportion of female obesity, which was 27.9% in 2005, decreased slightly to 27.6% in 2009 but increased again to 28.6% in 2011. It then declined to 27.5% in 2013 and again increased to 28.8% in 2015 indicating that the prportion of obese women increased by 0.9%p compared to 2005. For men, the proportion of the obese population in 2005 increased by 1.7% p from 34.9% to 36.6% in 2007. In 2011, it showed a slight decrease to 35.2%. After that, the proportion of obese population increased again, reaching 37.6% and 39.6% in 2013 and 2015, respectively.


    The percentage of underweight population for women increased from 5.8% in 2005 to 6.5% in 2007. Then it slightly increased more to 7.0% in 2013. In the 2015 survey, it went down to 5.5%. The percentage of underweight population for men was 3.5% in 2005. Then in 2009 and 2011, it was recored at 3.4% and 3.1% respectively. In 2015, it decreased to 2.6%.

    Regular exercise and a balanced diet will help you gain a more active lifestyle to maintain proper bodymass.

    * Based on the body mass index (BMI), which is the body weight divided by the square of the height (m) determines: Underweight <18.5, 18.5 ≤ Healthy weight ≤ 24.9, Obesity ≥ 25.0



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