Epidemic proportions

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese.

Childhood obesity

42 million preschool children were overweight in 2013.


65% of the world’s population live in a country where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.

Illnesses related

Globally, 44% of diabetes, 23% of ischaemic heart disease and 7–41% of certain cancers are attributable to overweight and obesity.

30 minutes a day

An adequate level of daily physical activity, at least 30 minutes, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer.


Obesity is usually the result of an imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.