Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128.9 million children, adolescents, and adults

by NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC)
The Lancet, Published Online October 10, 2017

16 pp. 2.9 MB

Underweight, overweight, and obesity in childhood and adolescence are associated with adverse health consequences throughout the life-course. The author’s aim was to estimate worldwide trends in mean body-mass index (BMI) and a comprehensive set of BMI categories that cover underweight to obesity in children and adolescents, and to compare trends with those of adults. They conclude that the rising trends in children’s and adolescents’ BMI have plateaued in many high-income countries, albeit at high levels, but have accelerated in parts of Asia, with trends no longer correlated with those of adults.

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