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Table 4 Estimates of the proportion of obese children and adolescents aged 5–19 years, by region, published by the Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC; see Table 1)

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

Region Sex Estimated % obese children and adolescents in 1975 (uncertainty interval) Estimated % obese children and adolescents in 2016 (uncertainty interval)
Sub-Saharan Africa Female 0.1 (0.0–0.3) 3.2 (2.2–4.4)
Male 0.0 (0.0–0.2) 1.7 (0.9–2.8)
South Asia Female 0.0 (0.0–0.1) 1.8 (1.0–3.1)
Male 0.0 (0.0–0.2) 2.6 (1.4–4.5)
East and Southeast Asia Female 0.1 (0.0–0.2) 5.9 (4.2–8.1)
Male 0.2 (0.0–0.7) 12.1 (9.0–15.7)
High-income Asia-Pacific Female 0.5 (0.3–0.9) 2.7 (2.0–3.6)
Male 1.5 (0.8–2.8) 7.5 (5.9–9.3)
Latin America and the Caribbean Female 1.6 (0.4–3.8) 10.4 (7.8–13.6)
Male 1.8 (0.3–4.9) 13.4 (10.0–17.2)
North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia Female 0.9 (0.1–2.5) 11.3 (8.1–15.1)
Male 0.8 (0.1–2.8) 12.0 (8.6–15.9)
High-income Western countries Female 3.8 (2.1–6.1) 13.3 (10.3–16.6)
Male 4.1 (2.3–6.4) 16.8 (13.2–20.6)
Central and Eastern Europe Female 0.8 (0.1–2.8) 5.0 (2.8–8.3)
Male 1.1 (0.1–3.5) 10.1 (6.2–15.6)
Oceania Female 0.7 (0.1–3.9) 10.7 (4.2–21.0)
Male 0.7 (0.0–3.7) 9.9 (3.5–20.5)