On the Overweight and Obese: 1 in 4 Filipino adults are overweight, 1 in 20 are obese

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A report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reveals that obesity for both children and adults is on the rise in the Philippines. While girls are less prone to obesity than boys early on, this trend reverses as they become adults. However, both sexes are still losers in the battle of the bulge, as obesity rates increase as they age.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca
06-15-2014
From roughly 16%, 25% of the Filipino population is now overweight. (Photo: <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/mecklenburg/5340182341/in/photolist-98TQak-rk7Fq-99k6YX-dMwyx1-99jXti-dj9GSS-khjpe-aXRbri-4iBVma-a52u9R-dd81Ao-5SMUze-hjbY5-4ojfY8-6WiCCm-8roFYt-83eFJY-8roFY4-99ojbj-SKgzj-4qy4Dz-5C8N3x-99ok4G-4ykbdK-9dmSKZ-SLicZ-kXi3-4m1V1d-eiDL7-9cnbxL-5SQ7Yb-5UDjv7-8uTLV7-9tqKos-9gaAi9-8GqcHk-52CjEk-7PXmGk-6tHnck-7BaLZA-89uK8g-672zBa-4eW9Jo-56XFxE-7QkHHh-8GqaQp-8GtmD5-fzFBD2-zfuHb-9rKrhw' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>Thomas Kohler/Flickr</a>, <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/' target='_blank'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

Figure 1: From roughly 16%, 25% of the Filipino population is now overweight. (Photo: Thomas Kohler/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Filipinos love to eat, and the latest report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) show that it might be negatively impacting obesity and overweight rates.

First, let’s take a look at obesity and overweight rates for both children and adults over time:

From 16% (1 in 6) in 1980, Roughly 25% (1 in 4) Filipino adults are overweight. The obesity rate has also increased from 3% to 5% in the past 30 years. For children, the overweight rate has nearly doubled from 2.7% (1 in 40) to 5.5% (1 in 20). Obesity rates have also been on the rise.

Next, let’s divide up the population by gender to see the differences between males and females: