Berlin - The number of adults who are very overweight continues to increase. While the numbers of children and adolescents have now stagnated, adults are still seeing an increase in those affected by obesity, according to the Federal Government's response to a small question from the FDP parliamentary group.
According to the microcensus, a total of 16.3 percent of adults in 2017 were obese, including 14.6 percent women and 18.1 percent men. The number of those affected increases with age.
Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Adults are obese if their body mass index (BMI) is 30 kg / m2 and more.
The BMI is calculated from your height and weight. In surveys, body weight is often underestimated, but size is overestimated.