Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Overweight and obesity among adults

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. High body mass index (BMI) led to nearly 4 million deaths in 2015, a 19.5% increase since 2005 worldwide. It is the leading risk factor in terms of healthy years of life lost in Turkey, second leading in six other OECD countries, and third leading in another 24 member countries (Forouzanfar et al., 2016). Obesity has risen quickly in the OECD in recent decades, and projections show that this trend will continue (OECD, 2017). It has affected all population groups, regardless of gender, age, race, income or education level, though to varying degrees (Sassi, 2010).

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