Brazil: adult obesity rates 2008-2018

The share of adult people who were considered obese in Brazil according to the body mass index (BMI) computed by the source with the weight and height of the respondents amounted to 19.8 percent in 2018. This represents an increase in comparison to the previous year, when the percentage of respondents who were considered obese reached around 18.9 percent.

Share of adult population who were considered obese in Brazil from 2008 to 2018

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Brazil, Central and South America

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Number of respondents

52,395 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Share of adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/sqm or more

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* Data prior to 2017 were retrieved from an earlier edition of the publication.
Respondents were asked their weight and height in order to calculate the BMI.
The phrasing chosen for this statistic may differ slightly from the original.
The survey was carried out in the capital city of each of the 26 Brazilian states, plus the Federal District of Brasília.
More information about this study's methodology can be found in pages 16 to 25.

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