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General health in OECD countries may be improving in many areas, but not when it comes to obesity, which is rising fast almost everywhere. 

But levels vary enormously, from 25.1% of women classified as obese in the United States at the top of the list to just 1.6% of Korean men at the other end of the scale. Obesity levels have risen sharply in recent years, particularly in countries such as Australia, where 7.1% of those over 15 were obese in 1980 and 18.7% in 1995, and the UK, where the level rose from 7% in 1980 to 20% in 1999. Obesity is more common among women than among men in two-thirds of OECD countries, and such problems also tend to be more common in lower socio-economic groups.

• Health at a Glance, OECD, 2001.

©OECD Observer No 229, November 2001

Economic data

GDP growth: -1.8% Q1 2020/Q4 2019
Consumer price inflation: 0.9% Apr 2020 annual
Trade (G20): -4.3% exp, -3.9% imp, Q1 2020/Q4 2019
Unemployment: 8.4% Apr 2020
Last update: 9 July 2020

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