Weight of middle school students in South Korea 2000-2018, by gender

The weight of middle school students in Korea has changed dramatically in recent years. Especially for boys, the average weight reached 60.7 kilograms in 2018, while it was only 52.9 kilograms in 2000. The average height also increased, but the increase in body weight was noticeably greater than in the height.

”Education fever and health“

South Korea is known as a country with “education fever”. To study in a good high school, a good university, and eventually work in a good company, students are working hard to get the best possible score in their respective positions. However, most students are suffering from lack of sleep and unbalanced eating habits due to prolonged study times combined with their regular schedule at school and private education. The obesity rate of South Korean students has also increased over the years, alongside the average weight.

”Obesity in South Korea”

The obesity rate refers to the population rate with a body mass index (BMI) of over 25. As of 2017, more than one third of the population were considered obese, showing a steady increase since 2008. The age group with the largest rate of obesity was the population aged over 70 years old, however, the obesity rate of the young population aged 19 to 29 years old has experienced rapid growth over the years.

Average weight of middle school students in South Korea from 2000 to 2018, by gender

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Release date

October 2019


South Korea

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Age group

13 years

Supplementary notes

According to the source, middle schools are defined as educational institutions for students aged 12 to 14.

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