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Table 3 The prevalence of overweight and obesity in adults of 18 years and above (Source: data for NHMS III (2006), NHMS IV (2011) and NHMS V (2015) from Institute of Public Health [21, 28], for NHMS I (1986) and II (1996) from Ahmad [2], and for MANS (2003) and MANS (2014) from Institute of Public Health [24, 30])

From: The nutrition transition in Malaysia; key drivers and recommendations for improved health outcomes

  NHMSII (1996) % MANS (2003) % NHMSIII (2006) % NHMS IV (2011) % MANS (2014) % NHMS V (2015) %
Overweight 16.6a 26.7 a 29.1 a 33.3 b 32.4 a 33.4 b
Obese 4.4 a 12.2 a 14.0 a 27.2 b 18.5 a 30.6 b
  1. a According to WHO classification, overweight is defined as BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 and < 30 kg/m2 and obesity as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2.
  2. b According to CPG (2004) classification, overweight is defined as BMI ≥ 23.0 kg/m2 and < 27.4 kg/m2 and obesity as BMI ≥ 27.5 kg/m2.