New Indicator


This indicator is a health outcome instead of a health behavior. It is not possible to follow the same grading scheme as the other indicators. Grading is based on obesity reported from other countries and the consensus from research work group members and stakeholders.

Key Findings
  • 22.4% of boys and 14% of girls aged 6-18 years were overweight and obese in 2014.
  • 26.9% of children (7-12 years) and 14% of adolescents (13-19 years) were overweight and obese in 2011/2012.
  • Overweight and obesity prevalence were 25.8%, 24.6%, and 26.2% for a cohort of children in 2009/2010, 2010/2011, and 2011/2012, respectively.
  • % overweight (including obesity) at 11 years were 30.4% for boys and 17.2% for girls in 2009.
  • Obesity rate of children and adolescents aged 6-18 years was 5% in 2013/2014.

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