Global Obese Population: 1975 vs 2014

In 1975, there were 105 million obese adults in the world. As of 2014, that number had increased to 641 million.

If you’d like to see what the global rise of obesity looks like in a clean, readable graphic, this map is likely to disappoint. (that’s what this post from yesterday was for). I didn’t include this map in the post because it came out confusing and I didn’t think it added a whole lot to what’s there already.

But, if you’re not concerned with readability and just want to see global obesity visualized as a ballooning / shriveling cartogram (aka obesochart), you’ve come to the right place.

Press the circles to transform the map. The size of each country represents its number of obese adults (defined as a BMI of 30 or greater).

See how this cartogram was made