India Has Over 135 Million Obese People and Tracking to 430 Million in 2030

India has over 135 million obese individuals at present according to a 2020 study in Indian Journal of Community Medicine. India has the double burden of many under-nourished (starving or stunted) people and many others who are overweight. The proportion of obesity in the population of young adults was 42.01% and that of NWO (normal-weight obesity) was 16.1%. Central body fat (BF) measurements are a reliable predictor of metabolic diseases. Normal weight obesity is where the weight is normal but there is high level of central body fat.

A report by National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) predicted that by 2030, 27.8 percent of all those overweight in the world would be Indians, and in terms of obesity, the ‘Indian Obese’ would account for 5 percent of the world’s population.

There will be about 8.5 billion people in the world in 2030. This projection is that about 430 million people in India will be obese in 2030. This is also projecting about 1.6 billion people will be obese in 2030.

Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese. 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.

The WHO (world health organization) defines overweight and obesity as follows:

overweight is a BMI greater than or equal to 25; and
obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 30.

Someone who is 5 feet 11 inches (180.3 cm) tall who weighed 215 pounds (97.5 kg) or more would be considered obese.
Someone who is 5 feet 11 inches tall who weighed 180-214 pounds (81.6kg-97.4kg) would be considered overweight.
The average group of overweight 5 ft 11 inch people might currently weigh 197 lbs. The projection is over half of the overweight will add 17 lbs or more to become obese.

SOURCES- WHO, National Centre for Biotechnology Information, Indian Journal of Community Medicine
Written by Brian Wang,

32 thoughts on “India Has Over 135 Million Obese People and Tracking to 430 Million in 2030”

  1. No, "well nourished" meaning quite chubby has long been considered part of looking good in India. Fashions are changing I suppose but how far they have changed I don't know. I always used to laugh about the Bollywood movies … "baby elephant girls prancing sylph like over the meadow in slow motion… chubby women = fertility, chubby men = well off and not a starving beggar.

  2. That was sarcasm at the time, but now it would be seen as serious by many. I seem to remember a chorus that makes this clear.

  3. No problem with the Wall-E shot. Big fuzzy bellies? Even, if I had one…I would not want to see it. Some things are better abstract. We can connect the dots.

  4. Humans are hunter/gatherer animals. That means that humans are designed to do a lot of walking, running, climbing, and lifting and carry heavy objects (building shelters and carrying food). And human beings and their ancestors have been doing this for at least 2.5 million years. That's a very long time! So just sitting around and eating all of the time while exercising very little– like an animal in a zoo– is going to make people obese.

  5. "Based on these criteria, the overall prevalence of general obesity in Chinese adults was 14 percent in men and 14.1 percent in women," notes a press release on the report. "The prevalence of abdominal obesity was 31.5 percent in men and 32.4 percent in women."

  6. My thoughts exactly. Can't unsee that.

    The Wall-E screenshots should be good enough if you can't be contented with blubbery animals.

  7. Could the indian "fashion" be fatter women and men?

    I saw a first – or rather half – episode of an indian series, and I was surprised at how fat the people were. The "dream woman" of the hero was really quite chubby, to the point that she had no shape, just a general "seal shaped" volume that would be perfect for gliding through water. Biggest cross section at the waist and tapering towards both ends.

    Was this just and effort to reflect reality or is the standard of beauty fatter in India?

  8. Salt is sodium chloride. Chlorine atoms are eager to bond with all sots of stuff. I don't think it would stay unbonded in beef very long.
    That is the main fear of chloride ions…they are incredibly reactive…so is oxygen. But let it free in beef, and it will probably find something.

  9. Imagine, there's no countries. These people look the same from Space. Now, I really mean obese if you can see them from Space. On the same *level* of insanity as countries, btw.

  10. So, there is no difference between "chlorinated meat consumption" and eating salt?? I have to eat salt to keep my BP up.

  11. "Those who have exercised hard for years have more and larger arteries and
    veins, which contribute to cardiovascular health for the rest of their lives, even if things go out of wack a little later." My situation exactly. Hope you are right!

  12. But obesity has been spreading all over the globe. People also have to have enough money to actually afford the food as well.
    And just because it is a virus does not mean that it spreads at very high speed. It looks like it is taking decades.
    It also may be that some groups are less affected when they get it or are resistant to getting it.

    Pathogen transmission also can be affected by the climate. I suspect having a hot season is conducive to transmission. The middle east has the most obesity, other than a few small islands. I suspect genetic cause for the islanders. People found islands by setting out in small boats with limited food. People with more reserves were probably more likely to survive the trip.

    Chloride is an essential mineral. Whatever there is, is probably small compared with the dash of salt people put on the meat.

    2/3 of the planet is covered by salt water. If a little chloride was dangerous, there would be very little life on this planet.

  13. The adenovirus hypothesis seems problematic when you consider how much air travel happens between the US and other countries.

    If it were viral then it would have spread to other countries faster than it has.

    The fact that it hasn't implies something more central to American dietary considerations and the spread of American food brands and practices across the world.

    Who knows?

    Maybe the chlorinated meat consumption is part of the problem – if residual chlorine content is somehow damaging the genome that could at least contribute to it.

  14. What about China? You need to start recording China's malaise also not only throw trash at it's nemesises. This is substandard information manipulation rather than a honest information distribution.

  15. It is just one simple example. Versus the entire BMI chart. There are BMI calculators all over the internet.

  16. I believe more people have become overweight and obese mostly because of the infection of Adenoviruses 5, 36 & 37. When animals were infected with these they became obese. And we know these things spread dramatically in the 1980s in the U.S., and likely have continued spread in the U.S. and other countries.
    Those who argue for high fructose corn syrup being the cause are on shaky ground as the consumption of HFCS has diminished quite a bit even while obesity has soared:

  17. I really hate BMI. It is a lazy and lousy measure of adiposity. We have devises which read body fat %, and they are not expensive. I can tell you that when I was 235 lb (I am 5' 11 5/8"), I was not nearly obese. I was rowing 10k, stair climbing 40 minutes, and maxing out all the weights on the weight machines (3-4 days a week). I was also doing 500 m sprints on the rowing machine at competitive times. Oh, and playing tennis 2 days a week.
    I also legitimately have thick bones.
    And on the other end there are people with very little muscle and bone, and never exercise that BMI will say are just fine, but where body fat is high and vasculature is narrow.
    And body composition is not everything. Those who have exercised hard for years have more and larger arteries and veins, which contribute to cardiovascular health for the rest of their lives, even if things go out of wack a little later. But there is no quick and easy way to measure that.
    Blast it! I gotta get fit again. I have been trying to turn a cellar into an exercise room. Finished cleaning it out yesterday (very slow going, as the house was added to and the doorway was covered, so I have to crawl to get in and out through the crawlspace door). I have to scrub it down (lots of old cans exploded and oozed over everything), and seal it, so I can put equipment in there and not drown it when it floods. I put a sump hole in a year ago or so, but I want to put artificial turf under there and don't want that wet either.

  18. Also, you *will* find such a situation in my top comment "For example . . ." if you are a very careful reader.

  19. You should read some of his other recent comments. "Major Engineering Thorcon" has one about power beaming. Totally oblivious. Blames power beaming for nuke type problems. Totally backwards. Each comment blames someone else for a problem or is just a distraction. Typical because it is a symptom of internal Repression. Neurotics do not see the problems they have. Until the repression starts to fail.

  20. He is also proving beyond reasonable doubt that he is a sloppy reader ready to criticize without wondering if he is humiliating himself by not understanding the very thing he is complaining about. I get THAT a lot!

  21. He is implying that he is personally taller than 5'11", and coincidentally that shorter people are unworthy of consideration in the public sphere. I'm sure it is a complex and deep philosophy.

  22. Janov claimed to be the first to point out the pain killing nature of food. Thus, it can be addictive in the presence of Primal Pain. While perhaps different from "some moral failing to not comply with mask usage" it is now understood for what it is, a symptom of Repression. And as curable as power addiction, a far more dangerous addiction. For example, consider "persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse." as a symptom.

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