The Body Mass Index is calculated by dividing an adult’s weight, in kilograms, by his height, in meters, squared. This measure provides an index that is then used to evaluate if a person is at risk of certain health issues. In 2018, roughly 48 percent of the Belgian population had a normal BMI. However, over the last two decades, this share was steadily decreasing. From 1997 to 2018, although the share of underweight Belgians was decreasing, the share of overweight and obese Belgians was increasing.
To be considered overweight, the Body Mass Index (BMI) must fall between 25 and 29.9. According to this study, a third of the Belgian population was overweight in 2018. Furthermore, roughly 16 percent of Belgians were considered obese under this measure. Such indexes are linked to various health conditions such as premature death, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
…. more: Statista.com (Quelle/Source)