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Number of people with high body weight problems in Germany 2016-2020

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the number of people in Germany who had high body weight problems from 2016 to 2020 . In 2020, there were 12.5 million people among the German-speaking population aged 14 and older who counted themselves as having body weight problems.

Number of people with high body weight problems in Germany from 2016 to 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2016 to 2020

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on main unit:
The base is the German-speaking population 14 years of age and older in living in private households at the main place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Information on the total sample:
2016: 23,854 respondents, projected to 69.56 million persons
2017: 23,356 respondents, projected to 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,389 respondents, projected to 70.45 million persons
2019: 23,318 respondents, projected to 70.60 million persons

2020: 23,191 respondents, projected to 70.64 million persons
Further information on the methodology is available here.
The survey question was asked in the following wording: "There are different groups of people on this list. In which case would you say: "This could apply to me"? Which group would you include yourself in? You can just tell me the respective numbers. Group of people: people who have problems with (high) body weight."

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