Jeju, Gangwon Province Home to Most Obese People

  • By Choi Won-woo

    January 17, 2017 08:29

    Jeju Island and Gangwon Province have the highest proportion of obese people in the country despite boasting some of the greenest environments.

    The National Health Insurance Service analyzed 130 million obesity checks on adults from 2005 to 2015 and found that the two regions are home to the largest number of overweight people.

    Jeju Island had an obesity rate of a thumping 42.1 percent in 2015, and Gangwon 41.6 percent.

    Next came Incheon (38.7 percent), South Jeolla Province (38.3 percent) and South Chungcheong Province (37.8 percent).

    Obesity is defined as a BMI of 25 or more, calculated by dividing weight by the square value of height. Morbid obesity is set at 30 upward.

    The regions with the lowest rates of obesity were Daegu (35 percent), South Gyeongsang Province (35.5 percent), Seoul (36.2 percent) and Sejong and Busan (36.2 percent).

    That people in the countryside are more prone to obesity than city dwellers is a global trend since they earn less, so they often lack access to a varied diet and exercise facilities.

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