The World Obesity Federation has released the World Obesity Atlas 2024.

Key Statistics:

  • 79% of adults with overweight and obesity will live in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) by 2035.
  • 88% of children with overweight and obesity will be living in LMICs by 2035.
  • It is projected that the number of adults living with obesity will rise from 0.81 billion in 2020 to 1.53 billion in 2035.

On the eve of World Obesity Day, we have released our annual World Obesity Atlas, providing a comprehensive overview of obesity rates and trends worldwide, with clear projections as to how the trajectory of the fallout from obesity is likely to affect the world.

One of the key findings is that no area of the world is immune from the effects of obesity and the poorest suffer the most, at ever younger ages. Contrary to public perception, lower-income countries are increasingly leading the way in terms of early disability and death due to obesity and the diseases it is driving, including diabetes and heart disease.

The Atlas identifies a clear link between greenhouse gas emissions that accompanies a country’s development, and rising rates of obesity – both in the Global South and the Global North – articulating in stark terms the interrelationship between environmental factors and obesity.