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 children

Childhood obesity has become one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Obesity can affect a child’s physical health, through cardiovascular, endocrine, or pulmonary diseases, and psycho-social health, through the development of poor self-esteem, eating disorders, and depression (Inchley et al., 2016). Obesity can also affect educational attainment (Cohen et al., 2013). Furthermore, childhood obesity is a strong predictor of adult obesity, which has health and economic consequences (WHO, 2016).

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