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Table 3 Population, body mass and biomass by world region in 2005 and in hypothetical scenarios

From: The weight of nations: an estimation of adult human biomass

WHO region Adult population (millions) Average body mass (kg) Biomass (million kg) No of people overweight / total population Biomass due to BMI > 25 (million kg) Biomass due to BMI > 30 (million kg)
Asia 2815 57.7 162408 24.2% 4265 449
Europe 606 70.8 42895 55.6% 3836 910
Africa 535 60.7 32484 28.9% 1464 340
Latin Am. Caribbean 386 67.9 26231 57.9% 2431 585
Northern Am. 263 80.7 21185 73.9% 3297 1187
Oceania 24 74.1 1815 63.3% 191 46
World 4630 62.0 287017 34.7% 15484 3518
Scenario (1): all countries have BMI distribution of Japan 4630 58.8 272408 (−5%) 22.3% 5630 (−64%) 253 (−93%)
Scenario (2): all countries have BMI distribution of USA 4630 74.6 345426 (+20%) 74.0% 53090 (+243%) 18789 (+434%)