Health at a Glance 2019

OECD Indicators

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Health at a Glance compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of the health status and health-seeking behaviour of their citizens; access to and quality of health care; and the resources available for health. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across 80 indicators, with data coming from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, an overview chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries and major trends, including how much health spending is associated with staffing, access, quality and health outcomes. This edition also includes a special focus on patient-reported outcomes and experiences, with a thematic chapter on measuring what matters for people-centred health systems.

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Overweight and obesity among adults

Being overweight, including pre-obesity and obesity, is a major risk factor for various non-communicable diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. High consumption of calories-dense food and increasingly sedentary lifestyles have contributed to growing global obesity rates. The rate of growth has been highest in early adulthood and has affected all population groups, in particular women and those with lower levels of education (Afshin et al., 2017[1]). High body mass index (BMI) has been estimated to cause 4.7 million deaths worldwide (Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network, 2018[2])

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