Adult obesity

In 2013, 13.7% of the adult population in Belgium recorded a body mass index of over 30. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced. Data were insufficient to calculate and assess the trend in adult obesity since 2001.

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Adult obesity - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18 years and over

 199720012004200820132013//19972013//2008
Belgium10.812.112.713.813.71.5-0.1
//: Average Growth Rates

Scientific Institute of Public Health (2014), Drieskens, S. État nutritionnel, in: Gisle L., Demarest S. (éd.), Enquête de santé 2013. Rapport 2: Comportements de santé et style de vie, WIV-ISP, Brussels; Scientific Institute of Public Health (2017), Belgian Health Interview Survey - Interactive Analysis, https://hisia.wiv-isp.be/ (consulted on 23/11/2017).

Adult obesity by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18 years and over

 199720012004200820132013//19972013//2008
females10.713.213.315.114.41.9-0.9
males11.111.711.613.013.71.31.1
//: Average Growth Rates

Scientific Institute of Public Health (2014), Drieskens, S. État nutritionnel, in: Gisle L., Demarest S. (éd.), Enquête de santé 2013. Rapport 2: Comportements de santé et style de vie, WIV-ISP, Brussels; Scientific Institute of Public Health (2017), Belgian Health Interview Survey - Interactive Analysis, https://hisia.wiv-isp.be/ (consulted on 23/11/2017).

Adult obesity by education - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18 years and over

 199720012004200820132013//19972013//2008
primary education17.719.919.119.225.22.25.6
lower secondary education12.316.518.519.918.82.7-1.1
higher secondary education11.411.812.714.514.51.50.0
higher education6.76.27.39.18.71.6-0.9
//: Average Growth Rates

Scientific Institute of Public Health (2014), Drieskens, S. État nutritionnel, in: Gisle L., Demarest S. (éd.), Enquête de santé 2013. Rapport 2: Comportements de santé et style de vie, WIV-ISP, Brussels; Scientific Institute of Public Health (2017), Belgian Health Interview Survey - Interactive Analysis, https://hisia.wiv-isp.be/ (consulted on 23/11/2017).

Adult obesity by income - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18 years and over

 199720012004200820132013//19972013//2008
quintile 112.513.914.517.517.82.20.3
quintile 212.015.715.017.717.32.3-0.5
quintile 312.716.115.515.013.30.3-2.4
quintile 49.28.310.711.012.51.92.6
quintile 57.79.07.710.59.81.5-1.4
//: Average Growth Rates

Scientific Institute of Public Health (2014), Drieskens, S. État nutritionnel, in: Gisle L., Demarest S. (éd.), Enquête de santé 2013. Rapport 2: Comportements de santé et style de vie, WIV-ISP, Brussels; Scientific Institute of Public Health (2017), Belgian Health Interview Survey - Interactive Analysis, https://hisia.wiv-isp.be/ (consulted on 23/11/2017).

UN target: 2.2 - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to a UN indicator, but is related to UN target 2.2.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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