Where Does Bulgaria Rank in the World by BMI?

Today, weight problems and obesity are increasing worldwide and this causes a lot of problems to the population.

Obesity is a serious public health problem, as it significantly increases the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart diseases, and certain types of cancer.

In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years and older were overweight. Of these, over 650 million adults were obese, showed statistics done by the World Health Organization.

Where is Bulgaria in the statistic?

A research, done by “Renewbariatric” on July 1, 2017, ranked Bulgaria on 76th place with 23.20% of the adult population being overweight.

A Nova TV survey in 2017 showed that only 28.2% of Bulgarians over 20 have a normal weight. For people aged 45+, the percentage of people with obesity is 40%.

"Our World in Data" also made a research in 2016, which very accurately shows the problem of obesity worldwide.

In the statistics of "WHO Data" on Mean BMI for 2014, Bulgaria ranked 92 in the world with overall mean 26 BMI.

Intercountry comparable overweight and obesity estimates from 2008 showed that 57.9% of the adult population in Bulgaria were overweight and 23.7% were obese. The prevalence of overweight was higher among men (63.1%) than women (53.2%).


What about the children?

Nova TV survey showed that in 2017 about 150,000 children in Bulgaria were obese.

According to measured data from the 2011 National Survey of Nutritional Status of Schoolchildren in Bulgaria, the proportion of overweight schoolchildren aged 10–13 years was 38.3% for boys and 30.1% for girls.

The proportion of overweight boys and girls aged 14–18 years was 27.0% and 21.1%, respectively.

How can the number of overweight people be reduced?

Every person with a predisposition to obesity should decrease the daily limit of energy intake from total fats and sugars. They have to think about what they eat and to balance their menu. The specialists in the field recommend increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, drinking enough water, and engaging in a regular physical activity. This is especially important for children, creating a good diversified diet can protect the child from future weight problems.

What are the predictions about the future?

Adulthood obesity prevalence forecasts (2010–2030) predict that in 2020, 13% of men and 14% of women in Bulgaria will be obese. By 2030, the model predicts that 15% of men and 14% of women will be obese.

One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, The Guardian reports.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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