Obesity, Deficiency Diseases

Obesity --The World Health Organization has data on the proportion of a country's population aged 20+ that is overweight (BMI>=25) and obese (BMI>=30). The data can be downloaded in spreadsheet format at http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A896?lang=en . Unfortunately the column which includes the actual data is in text format and includes the average estimate as well as a high and low estimate. The downloadable spreadsheets are made up of several worksheets--the data is found on the "data" worksheet. All of the data is for 2008. The same web page makes data available in two tables for mean BMI trends with data from 1980 to 2009. The downloads for these two tables provide data with both all of the data combined in one column, but with the data also provided in numeric format in separate columns.(Both WHO and UNAIDS tend to provide data downloads with three levels of estimates jammed into a single text field. You can find suggestions on separating the data in spreadsheet format in this web site  here ).

In a report in PDF format -- "Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat" at http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/46044572.pdf the OECD provides data on obesity in its member countries. Individual country data is available in the "Media Briefs" section of the page while the link given at "Underlying data and charts for all the graphics in the media briefs are http://www.oecd.org/health/health-systems/46071157.xls also available as an XLS file and provide time series data for all the member countries -- several different series are provided although the data is messy and would have to be reformatted for use in a database.

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