The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a global health research center at the University of Washington, created a data visualization illustrating 35 years of trends in obesity rates around the world The institute aggregated data from published studies and reports on height and weight published between 1980 to 2015 to calculate the percentage of the population in each country whose body mass index (BMI) indicates they are overweight or obese. The visualization shows that Burundi, Eritrea, and North Korea have the lowest percentages of overweight and obese populations, while American Samoa, Tonga, and Kuwait have some of the highest.
Mapping Trends in Obesity Around the Globe
Michael Steinberg is a Google policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation, where he researches open data issues in government. He was previously an editorial fellow at GovLoop where he wrote content on modernizing government technologies. Prior to joining GovLoop, Michael was a research fellow at the Partnership for Public Service, a paralegal for an intellectual property law firm, and he held internships on Capitol Hill, at the National Archives, and in local government. Michael is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park, where he double majored in Government and Sociology. He is currently a second year Master’s of Public Policy student at George Washington University specializing in technology policy.
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