The World Health Organization (WHO) has put out a mapping application showing the global prevalence of obesity for males and females over twenty years of age. WHO defines obesity as those individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is 30 or higher. According to WHO’s factsheet on obesity, in 2008 it was estimated:
- 1.5 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight.
- Of these 1.5 billion overweight adults, over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
- Overall, more than one in ten of the world’s adult population was obese.