Between 2015 and 2017, 65 percent of the Dutch population aged 18 years and over responded that they were satisfied with their body weight. Over half of those who were moderately overweight said that they were satisfied with their weight, against 14 percent who were dissatisfied. This percentage was 4 percent among people with a normal body weight.

The degree of overweight is measured using the body mass index (BMI), defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in metres. Adults are considered moderately overweight if they have a BMI between 25 and 29, and severely overweight or obese if they score 30 or higher.

Growing number of people with severe overweight

In 2017, 49 percent of the Dutch adult population were overweight. This was still 32 percent in 1981. In this period, the percentage share of severely overweight people has almost tripled from 5 to 14 percent.

Last year, 52 percent of male adults were overweight, against 45 percent of female adults. However, relatively more women than men have obesity. In 2017, 15 percent of the women were severely overweight versus 13 percent of the men.

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