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Table 3 Estimates of the proportion of obese children aged 2–4 years, by region

From: The epidemiological burden of obesity in childhood: a worldwide epidemic requiring urgent action

Region Sex Estimated proportion of obese children in 1980 (%) (uncertainty interval) Estimated proportion of obese children in 2015 (%) (uncertainty interval)
Sub-Saharan Africa Female 3.7 (3.1–4.4) 5.4 (4.5–6.5)
Male 4.3 (3.4–5.5) 5.8 (4.7–7.1)
South Asia Female 2.8 (1.5–4.9) 4.0 (2.1–7.1)
Male 2.4 (1.3–4.2) 4.5 (2.3–8.1)
East and Southeast Asia and Oceania Female 2.3 (1.4–3.8) 6.8 (4.2–10.8)
Male 2.3 (1.4–3.7) 8.1 (4.8–12.5)
High-income countries Female 6.0 (4.9–7.2) 8.9 (7.2–10.9)
Male 6.1 (4.9–7.6) 10.0 (8.0–12.4)
Latin America and the Caribbean Female 3.9 (2.7–5.7) 8.7 (6.0–12.4)
Male 5.0 (3.2–8.0) 9.8 (6.4–14.1)
Middle East and North Africa Female 4.3 (3.7–5.1) 9.2 (7.6–10.9)
Male 3.5 (2.9–4.3) 8.8 (7.3–10.7)
Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Female 9.0 (7.3–11.1) 9.3 (7.7–11.3)
Male 11.5 (9.4–14.1) 12.6 (10.4–15.0)
  1. Estimates were published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (see Table 1)