Extra Weight, Extra Risk

Higher incidence of Esophageal Cancer is strongly correlated to the countries with higher rates of being overweight.

For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.

  • An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.


Calculate Your BMI!

If you do not know your BMI and think you may be at risk, you can use an online BMI calculator to determine your score.

Where is the risk the Fattest?

The following information outlines particular geographies that are overweight and could be at a higher risk of Esophageal Cancer.

Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults

Western Europe
A 2007 study shows Germany has the highest number of overweight people in Europe. However, the United Kingdom, Greece and certain countries in Eastern Europe have a higher rate of “truly obese” people.

Germany ranks as the 43rd fattest country in the World with a rate at 60.1%. See where your favorite countries rank here.

Author: Brian Galgay, ECAA Board Member
Citation: CDC.gov, Forbes.com