Recent Epidemiological Changes in Korean Obesity

Sang Woo Oh
2017 The Korean Journal of Helicobacter and Upper Gastrointestinal Research  
In Korea, the prevalence of obesity as defined by body mass index(BMI) ≥25 kg/m 2 has been steady in the recent years; however, the prevalence of severe (BMI ≥30 kg/m 2 ) and extreme obesity (BMI ≥35 kg/m 2 ) has rapidly increased during the past decade. The change in the prevalence of abdominal obesity showed a similar trend to the prevalence of obesity. Based on the Korean data, the list of obesity-related diseases in Korea resembles those for the Western countries. The association between
more » ... and all-cause mortality in Koreans displayed a 'U' or inverted 'J' curve pattern. However, these curves have changed, and the BMI nadir of these curves exhibits a change to a higher BMI point during the past decades. Recent change in the obesity epidemic in Korea seems to resemble the previous changes in the obesity epidemics seen in the Western populations. (Korean J Helicobacter Up Gastrointest Res 2017;17:62-65)
doi:10.7704/kjhugr.2017.17.2.62 fatcat:34c6n7yzinbahprw46gg6mvggm