Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in Japan

  • Masao Yoshinaga
  • Tomoko Ichiki
  • Yoshiya Ito
Part of the Springer Series on Epidemiology and Public Health book series (SSEH, volume 2)


Three critical periods for the development of obesity have been reported: the fetal period; a period of adiposity rebound between ages 4 and 6; and during adolescence (Dietz 1994). The elementary school period is also reported to be a critical period for obesity in Japan; a rapid increase in the prevalence of obesity during the elementary school period was evident in 1989/1990 (Yoshinaga et al. 2004). However, little is known about the characteristics of this rapid increase in Japanese children and adolescents.


Gross Domestic Product Human Development Index Severe Obesity Total Energy Intake Nutrition Survey 
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This work was supported by the Foundation of Tanita Healthy Weight Promotion grants 2001 and 2004, the Chiyoda Mutual Life Foundation 2005, Mitsui Life Social Welfare Foundation 2007, and the Health and Labor Sciences Research Grants [Comprehensive Research on Cardiovascular and Life-style Related Diseases (H18-049)].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNational Hospital Organization Kagoshima Medical CenterKagoshima CityJapan
  2. 2.Clinical Experimental MedicineNational Hospital Organization Kagoshima Medical CenterKagoshima CityJapan
  3. 3.Department of Clinical MedicineThe Japanese Red Cross Hokkaido College of NursingKitami CityJapan

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