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Volume 18 Supplement 1

The GBD Brazil Network

The burden of non-communicable diseases attributable to high BMI in Brazil, 1990–2017: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study



The prevalence and burden of disease resulting from obesity have increased worldwide. In Brazil, more than half of the population is now overweight. However, the impact of this growing risk factor on disease burden remains inexact. Using the 2017 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) results, this study sought to estimate mortality and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to non-communicable diseases caused by high body mass index (BMI) in both sexes and across age categories. This study also aimed to describe the prevalence of overweight and obesity throughout the states of Brazil.


Age-standardized prevalence of overweight and obesity were estimated between 1990 and 2017. A comparative risk assessment was applied to estimate DALYs and deaths for non-communicable diseases and for all causes linked to high BMI.


The prevalence of overweight and obesity increased during the period of analysis. Overall, age-standardized prevalence of obesity in Brazil was higher in females (29.8%) than in males (24.6%) in 2017; however, since 1990, males have presented greater rise in obesity (244.1%) than females (165.7%). Increases in prevalence burden were greatest in states from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. Overall, burden due to high BMI also increased from 1990 to 2017. In 2017, high BMI was responsible for 12.3% (8.8–16.1%) of all deaths and 8.4% (6.3–10.7%) of total DALYs lost to non-communicable diseases, up from 7.2% (4.1–10.8%), and 4.6% (2.4-6.0%) in 1990, respectively. Change due to risk exposure is the leading contributor to the growth of BMI burden in Brazil. In 2017, high BMI was responsible for 165,954 deaths and 5,095,125 DALYs. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes have proven to be the most prevalent causes of deaths, along with DALYs caused by high BMI, regardless of sex or state.


This study demonstrates increasing age-standardized prevalence of obesity in all Brazilian states. High BMI plays an important role in disease burdens in terms of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and all causes of mortality. Assessing levels and trends in exposures to high BMI and the resulting disease burden highlights the current priority for primary prevention and public health action initiatives focused on obesity.


The overall disease prevalence and burden related to obesity have increased worldwide. The prevalence of obesity showed a continuous increase between 1980 and 2015 and doubled in 73 countries during this same period [1, 2]. This increase is more often observed in low- and middle-income countries, and, in some nations, it is more prominent among women [3].

A high body mass index (BMI) is one of the major causes of several diseases worldwide, constituting an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) [4], type 2 diabetes mellitus [4], and neoplasms [5], among others. It is also associated with many musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis [6]. Globally, four million deaths and the loss of 120 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) were attributable to high BMI in 2015 [2]. Moreover, BMI has proven to be a feasible indicator of adiposity [7] and is widely used in epidemiological studies, especially those which assess time trends in various populations and subgroups.

In Brazil, more than half of the population is overweight [8, 9]. The prevalence of obesity was generally higher among women and has been rising quickly in risk factor rankings [10]. However, the impact of the rise in BMI causing disease burdens remains unknown and should be more specifically assessed in order to better address this problem. To the best of our knowledge, no prior studies have estimated the potential effect of weight gain outcomes in Brazil and their impacts on those diseases, nor have they analyzed well-known conditions associated with an excess of weight, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

In parallel, there is an important gap in national or subnational estimates, which would allow one to better evaluate public policies concerning health promotion and healthy weight management. Disease burden estimates attributable to a given risk factor could be assessed by using a model design of comparative risk assessment [11]. This model allows one to quantify the number and proportions of deaths and DALYs lost due to non-communicable disease, which would have been prevented if the risk factor—in this specific case of high BMI—had been maintained at ideal levels [12].

Considering this scenario, using the 2017 national and subnational Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study results, the present study aimed to estimate the number and proportion of deaths and DALYs of non-communicable diseases caused by high BMI in both sexes and across age categories. This study also aimed to describe trends in the prevalence of overweight and obesity throughout the states of Brazil.


Global Burden of Disease (GBD) estimates

This study used estimates from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) for Brazil, as reported in the 2017 GBD study. Brazilian data used by IHME were provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Estimates are available to the public and can be accessed at

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors study provides the most recent epidemiological data according to year, age, and sex from 195 countries and territories, including Brazil [13]. Annually, it formulates an up-to-date comprehensive assessment of the evidence for national and subnational risk factor exposures and the main causes of the disease burden [13, 14].

Data sources resulted from a systematic analysis of published studies and available data sources. BMI data sources were gathered from multi-country survey programs, national surveys, and longitudinal studies, which were available in the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), which can be accessed at In Brazil, BMI data were extracted from published papers, the National Health Survey [15], the Consumer Expenditure Survey (POF) [16], the Telephone Survey Surveillance System for Risk and Protective Factors for Chronic Diseases (Vigitel) [8], local surveys, and birth cohorts.

After adjusting for self-report bias and splitting aggregated data into 5-year age-sex groups, the spatiotemporal Gaussian process regression (ST-GPR) was used to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity [13, 17]. This modeling approach has been previously described in detail [17].

Definition of High BMI

The level of exposure that is associated with the lowest risk is called the theoretical minimum risk exposure level (TMREL). The TMREL is used to calculate what could be prevented in the burden of disease if, in the past, the population exposure would have been sustained at a theoretical minimum risk of exposure [10, 13].

The TMREL of BMI was determined based on the BMI level, which was associated with the lowest risk of all-cause mortality in prospective cohort studies. From the 2015 GBD on, based on the findings of the most recently pooled analysis of prospective cohorts [18], a BMI change in the TMREL, from 21–23 to 20–25 kg/m2, occurred in adults, a cutoff that remained in the 2017 estimates [13, 14, 17].

Population attributable fraction (PAF)

The population attributable fraction (PAF) estimates the reduction of a determined health metric, such as the number and proportions of deaths or DALYs in a specific case scenario, where the optimal level of exposure (TMREL) would be compared to the altered level of the same risk factor, through the PAF formula [19, 20] for a continuous risk factor, as explained elsewhere [17]. Thus, the formula includes the relative risk per 5-unit change in BMI for each disease endpoint. In this case, the range of 20–25 km/m2 was assumed to be optimal when the mortality or morbidity risks were the lowest in the adult population [17, 18].

Moreover, GBD methodology includes four key components in the estimation of the burden attributable to a given risk factor: (1) the metric of burden being assessed (the number of deaths, years of life lost [YLLs], years lived with disability [YLDs], or DALYs [the sum of YLLs and YLDs]); (2) the exposure levels for a risk factor; (3) the relative risk of a given outcome due to exposure; and (4) the counterfactual level of risk factor exposure [13, 14]. All modeling is performed using a Bayesian meta-regression model (DisMod-MR 2.1) [13, 17].

Data analysis

This study first analyzed estimates of age-standardized prevalence and its 95% uncertainty interval (95%UI) of overweight (BMI ≥ 25.0 kg/m2) and obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) for the adult population of 20 years old and older between 1990 and 2017, in both sexes and across states. The percent change in prevalence from 1990 to 2017, with its uncertainty intervals, was then assessed.

Second, the portion of death and DALY rates that could be attributable to high BMI in 2017 for all causes, and mostly for non-communicable diseases, including CVDs, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, and neoplasms, was analyzed. All estimates were extracted according to age, sex, and states.

Third, this study analyzed the trends of mortality and DALY rates attributable to high BMI in the period from 1990 to 2017, for men and women. Also, evaluated were the decomposition of the percent changes (1990–2017) in death and DALY rates attributed to the high BMI found in four factors: (1) population growth, (2) population age structure, (3) risk-deleted DALY rates, and 4) high BMI exposure [13, 17, 21]. In summary, risk-deleted rates are death and DALY rates that would have been observed if the high BMI risk factor had been reduced to the TMREL levels, multiplied by one minus PAF. The methodology adopted by the GBD study also produces linear risk-aggregates over time and is described elsewhere in more detail [13, 17, 21].

The GBD’s world population age standard has been described elsewhere [22]. The GBD Brazil study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) (CAAE—62803316.7.0000.5149).


Table 1 shows adult age-standardized prevalence for the adult population of 20 years old and older, with 95% uncertainty intervals (UI) of overweight (BMI ≥ 25.0Kg/m2) in Brazil and its federal units, determined according to sex. In 2017, overall prevalence was 54.3% (95% UI 52.0–56.6) for men and 52.4% (95% UI 49.8–55.0) for women, showing no statistically significant difference by sex. More than half of the population was overweight in Brazil in most states, except for Maranhão and Piauí. The states with prevalence above the national rate were, in decreasing order of importance, Distrito Federal (73.8 and 70.4%), Mato Grosso do Sul (58.4 and 54.5%), Rio Grande do Sul (57.8 and 54.1%), Mato Grosso (57.2 and 53.9%), Paraná (56.4 and 52.7%), São Paulo (56.2 and 53.4%), Acre (55.6 and 55.8%), Rio de Janeiro (55.6 and 52.4%), Roraima (54.8 and 54.0%), Amazonas (54.7 and 57.0%), and Ceará (54.6 and 53.4%) for both men and women, respectively; Amapá (56.3%), Rondônia (53.2%), Rio Grande do Norte (52.9%), and Pernambuco (52.5%) for women only, and Santa Catarina (56.2%) for men only. This table also shows the percent change in prevalence in the period from 1990 to 2017. A similar increase for men, 47.6% (95%UI 36.4–59.8), and women, 47.6% (95%UI 34.6–61.3), as observed. This increase was above 50% in most of the federated units and above 70% in most of the Northern and Northeastern states, and was most commonly found in women.

Table 1 Overweight (BMI ≥ 25.0 Kg/m2) and obesity (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2) adult age-standardized prevalence in 2017 and percent change (APC) and 95% uncertainty intervals from 1990 to 2017 for Brazil and 27 states

This same table shows the adult age-standardized prevalence of obesity (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2), which was higher among women, 29.8% (95%UI 27.9–31.8), than among men, 24.6% (95%UI 22.8–26.5). An increased prevalence for both sexes was observed in Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Distrito Federal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. By contrast, an increased prevalence only among women was found in Rondônia and Roraima, as compared to Paraná, Ceará, and Santa Catarina where the prevalence was found mostly among men. The percent change in obesity prevalence from 1990 to 2017 was 244.1 (95% UI 196.3–302.3) for men and 165.7 (95% UI 133.8–202.6) for women. An annual increase of over 300% was observed in most of the North and Northeast states for men. Trends of overweight and obesity during this same period were accessed and are presented in an additional file (supplementary Figure 1).

Regarding the disease burden, overall, in 2017, high BMI was responsible for an estimated 12.3% of total deaths and 8.4% of total DALYs for all causes. Thus, this risk factor was responsible for 165,954 deaths and 5,095,125 DALYs. High BMI attributable deaths and DALYs were more important in women (14.6%, 95% UI 10.7–18.9 and 9.4%, 95% UI 7.2–11.7, respectively) than in men (10.5%, 95% UI 7.2–14.1 and 7.7%, 95% UI 5.5–10.0, respectively). Specifically, 16.2% (95% UI 11.6–221.1) of deaths and 11.9% (95%UI 8.8–15.1) of DALYs due to non-communicable diseases were attributable to high BMIs, but no statistically significant differences were observed between the sexes.

CVDs and diabetes, followed by neoplasms, chronic kidney diseases, and neurological disorders, for both sexes, were the leading causes through which high BMI acts to cause disease burdens (Fig. 1). This same graph shows differences between the sexes, such as death rates, which were more prominent among women, particularly for diabetes and neurological disorders, and DALYs, which were higher among men, including CVDs and neoplasms. However, when considering the uncertainty intervals, no statistically significant difference was observed (supplementary Table 1). The same occurred among women, as high BMI also proved to be more associated with DALY rates of musculoskeletal disorders, whereas the UIs overlapped.

Fig. 1
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Death (a) and DALY (b) rates per 100,000 attributable to High BMI by sex, Brazil, 2017. Legend: Deaths (a) and DALY (b) rates per 100,000 of non-communicable diseases related to high BMI are shown for males and females. Numbers in the x-axis represent the rates. DALYs, disability-adjusted life-years; BMI Body mass index

Approximately, 96,347 deaths occurred due to CVDs resulting from high BMIs in 2017, which represents 7.1% of all deaths, as compared to 2,605,648 DALYs, representing 4.3% of all DALYs.

Figure 2 shows death and DALY rates related to BMI in both sexes and across age categories. Death rates for diabetes and CVDs caused by high BMI begin to increase after 40 years of age, whereas neoplasms begin to increase after 50 years of age and neurological disorders after 60 years of age, for both sexes. As for DALYs, an early onset of these burdens was noticed at around 30 years of age due to CVDs, diabetes, and urogenital, blood, and endocrine diseases, and at around 40 years of age for musculoskeletal diseases, for both sexes. Regarding neoplasms, a statistically significant difference was observed between the sexes, which increased considerably after 35 years of age among men and after 50 years of age among women.

Fig. 2
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Death (a) and DALY (b) rates per 100,000 of specific causes attributable to high BMI according to age and by sex. Brazil, 2017. Legend: Death (a) and DALY (b) rates per 100,000 related to high BMI are shown for females (dotted line) and males (full line) and across age categories. Each line is a specific cause attributable to high BMI. The y-axis has the death (a) and DALY (b) rates and the x-axis the age categories. DALYs, disability-adjusted life-years; BMI, body mass index

Moreover, Fig. 3 shows DALY and death rates caused by high BMI across all Brazilian states according to sex in 2017. Some states, such as Alagoas, Pernambuco, and Rio de Janeiro, present a higher burden attributable to high BMIs than the average reported in Brazil, with higher death rates due to CVDs and diabetes mellitus. A higher death rate due to neurological disorders was observed in the Federal District of Brasília, more deaths due to neoplasms among women in Roraima, and higher death rates due to CVDs among men in Mato Grosso do Sul, all attributable to high BMI. It was observed that these same states have higher rates of DALYs attributable to high BMIs, although differences are non-significant when considering the 95% UI (supplementary Table 1) (Fig. 3b).

Fig. 3
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Age-standardized Death (a) and DALY (b) rates per 100,000 attributable to high BMI across all states by sex, women on the left and men on the right. Legend: Colored bars are the attributable age-standardized DALY and death rates corresponding to high BMI, each color a specific cause, across all Brazilian states, 2017. Women are on the left and men on the right. DALYs, disability-adjusted life-years; BMI, body mass index

Figure 4 shows that the crude death rates attributable to high BMI increased 61.4% and 57%, for men and women, respectively, between 1990 and 2017, from 46.9 (UI 95% 24.8–72.7) and 45.4 (27.5–65.7) deaths per 100,000 in 1990 to 76.4 (UI 95% 52.1–103.1) and 80.2 (58.7–103.3) deaths per 100,000 in 2017. In this same period, the crude DALY rates rose 51% and 53%, for men and women, respectively, from 1647.6 (UI 95% 904.6–2477.6) and 1517.2 (95% UI 956.6–2157.2) per 100,000 in 1990 to 2485.7 (95% UI 1772.6–3259.5) and 2328.8 (95% UI 1770.4–2926.7) per 100,000 in 2017. When these rates were age-standardized, relatively stable curves are observed.

Fig. 4
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Trends of mortality (a) and DALY (b) rates, all ages and age-standardized attributable to high BMI by sex, 1990-2017, Brazil. Legend: Crude and age-standardized deaths and DALY rates attributable to high BMI, by sex, are shown. Y-axis presents the rates and x-axis the years. The line shows the trends in the period of 1990–2017. DALYs, disability-adjusted life-years; BMI, body mass index

At last, Fig. 5 shows decomposition of percent changes in all-cause deaths and DALY numbers related to high BMIs from 1990 to 2017. For deaths, the change due to population aging was responsible for 122% of the increase, while the change in risk exposure accounted for 125% and population growth was responsible for 42%, and the change in risk-deleted rates was responsible for a decrease of 149%. The change due to population aging contributed to an increase of 137% and 109% for women and men, respectively, an increase of 26% in females. In terms of DALYs, for both sexes, population aging accounted for an increase of 96%, changes in risk exposure increased by 130%, while 42% was due to population growth. On the other hand, the change in risk-deleted rates decreased by 152%.

Fig. 5
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Decomposition of deaths (a) and DALYs (b) attributable to high BMI, Brazil 1990-2017. Legend: Percent change in risk-attributable deaths and DALYs. Results are shown for all causes combined. The black dot shows total percentage change. The risk-deleted DALY rate is the expected DALY rate if the exposure level for high BMI was reduced to the theoretical minimum risk exposure level. DALYs, disability-adjusted life-years; BMI, body mass index


The present study demonstrates an increasing age-standardized prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Brazilian adult population and states from 1990 to 2017. The overall age-standardized prevalence of obesity in Brazil was higher in females than males in 2017, but males presented a higher increase than did females during the same period. The percent change was higher in the Northern and Northeastern states, which, for the most part, are less developed and lower income regions.

This increase has been observed in previous national surveys [8, 23,24,25,26] and among children and adolescents [27]. Similar results were found when comparing countries of different income levels, where there was an increase in people’s excess of weight in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), while lower levels were observed in rich nations [3, 28]. This implies the persistence of malnutrition, but now in the form of overnutrition rather than undernutrition [3, 25].

Drivers of this phenomenon have been described in detail in previous studies, such as changes in the food environment, greater supply of high energy foods, marketing, urbanization, and the built environment, which have also cut down time and space for physical activities [2, 29,30,31]. Moreover, as a metabolic condition, high BMI is an intermediary risk factor in the causal model of NCDs, which is usually a consequence of other important risk factors, such as inadequate diet and physical inactivity, which have also proven to have reached levels in Brazil that are even higher than those of high BMIs [10, 32].

Therefore, high BMI exposure is increasing and driving up its attributable burden throughout Brazil, corroborating global findings for this specific risk factor [2, 13, 14, 17]. Our study shows that high BMI played an important role in the national burden (deaths and DALYs) of NCDs, especially those related to CVDs and diabetes mellitus.

Prior studies have shown a relationship between excess weight and mortality for all causes in the four continents [18]. The present study has more specifically shown the burden of NCDs due to this condition, as well as estimates of DALYs due to excess weight. The present study results are similar to those found for the Eastern Mediterranean countries [33]. Furthermore, more than 60% of overweight individuals live in LMICs, and, in these settings, the relationship of high BMI and morbidity has also been understudied [34].

The attributable fraction of NCD burden due to high BMI revealed no sex-specific pattern. Although death rates were more prominent among women, particularly for diabetes mellitus and neurological disorders, and DALYs were higher among men when considering CVD and neoplasms, uncertainty intervals overlapped. Nevertheless, it is important to note that NCDs have proven to be responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability among women, highlighting CVD, diabetes mellitus, dementia, depression, and musculoskeletal disorders [35]. As such, the prevention of NCDs should be more advocated for women, as the healthcare agenda for women commonly gives priority to sexual and reproductive health issues. Our study results indicate that an important part of this burden is due to high BMIs. Moreover, a recent study has also shown a greater increase in obesity prevalence among Brazilian women of childbearing age [23], which are relatively young women. Moreover, a considerable number of premature deaths have been observed due to CVDs caused by high BMIs among men of young ages, which might contribute to higher DALY rates, as observed through the YLL component of this measurement.

Mechanisms underlying the consequences of obesity leading to NCDs have also been explained in previous reports, especially regarding CVD and DM [36,37,38]. High BMI mostly causes a chronic systemic inflammation and higher sympathetic activity, which can contribute to insulin resistance and hypertension, respectively [37], leading to endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis [38]. Thus, its effect is primarily mediated through other intermediary risk factors, such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and hyperglycemia, the last two also known as metabolic risk factors [37]. Recent evidence also highlights the relation between obesity and neurological disorders in the hippocampal structure and function [39]. The present study observed a higher burden of neurological disorders due to high BMIs among individuals of 60 years old and older.

The overall burden due to high BMI increased from 1990 to 2017. When considering the decomposition of percent changes in all-cause DALYs and deaths related to this specific risk in the studied period, high BMI trends in attributable mortality and DALYS are driven by the interplay between population aging, an increase in risk exposure, and population growth. Moreover, change due to risk exposure is the leading contributor to growth in overweight and obesity burden in Brazil, followed by population aging, rather than the population growth, which had a lesser contribution. This understanding of drivers is crucial to subsidize public policies and interventions.

To the best of our knowledge, these are the first national and subnational estimates of these two metrics of the burden of NCDs attributable to high BMIs in Brazil. The increased in NCDs in Brazil is a great challenge, and to tackle it, its main risk factors, such as high BMI, must be addressed. The subnational approach is an important advance, as it allows for the evaluation of important disparities within the country and helps in the creation of local policies adjusted to the reality of each setting.

Thus, the present study advances this matter, and its findings are crucial for the development of an approach to public health, including the renewal of surveillance, management, and prevention policies in Brazil. Public policies, like the “Strategic Actions Plan for Coping with NCDs in Brazil, 2011-2022” [40], have been of great use in guiding surveillance at the national level of NDCs and their risk factors, such as high BMI, but further advances through interventions are required.

Since 2011, various polices have been established to address this problems in Brazil [39, 41, 42], but no major population success has yet been shown, corroborating a scenario found for other nations as well [2]. Thus, despite of this great challenge, it represents an opportunity to tackle disease burdens, especially considering the fact that developed countries have made some progress in facing overweight [3].

Moreover, promoting healthier individual lifestyles, focused on diet and physical activity strategies and interventions, is necessary, especially in Northern and Northeastern states, but it is not enough. New approaches should consider measures that take into account the patient’s entire lifespan [43], such as intergenerational cycles and focus on childhood [44].

Healthcare providers should be more aware of simple measures in primary health care. Height and weight can be easily accessed, followed by a simple calculation of BMI, which could detect an important risk factor for greater health burdens, including death. On the other hand, weight loss could act directly in the reduction of incidences of many diseases, such as diabetes mellitus [45] and CVD [46].

This study has limitations, which should be considered. First, GBD used both self-reported and measured data with respect to height and weight. On the other hand, GBD methodology corrected the bias in self-reported data, using measured data for each age, sex, and geographic region, as previously described [17]. High agreement between measured and self-reported anthropometric data was demonstrated, using several statistical methods across sex, age group, education level, and household location categories, which reinforces their use as proxies of measured values in the Brazilian population ≥ 18 years old [47]. Moreover, GBD methodology and estimates have been used worldwide and approved as valid in several countries.

Estimates before 2000 should be more carefully considered, as national surveys monitoring this risk factor were less frequently applied. Furthermore, a possible impact of pre-existing diseases and other confounding factors, such as smoking and other lifestyle habits, cannot be excluded, which could not be evaluated, but are usually excluded from the observational studies, which are sources of relative risk estimation [2]. Moreover, this limitation should be taken cautiously, as there is a well-established biological mechanism between adiposity tissue accumulation and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes [36].


Prevalence of overweight and obesity continues to rise in the Brazilian population, with some variability across states and regions. Additionally, the burden of NCDs associated with high BMI should be considered high, especially in times when abundant evidence highlighting obesity as a major risk factor for NCDs is available. These results signal the need for increased attention to healthcare programs aimed at maintaining healthy weight in order to tackle the NCD burden in Brazil.

Availability of data and materials

All the data used in this article are publicly available online in the official website of Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (



Annualized percent change


Body mass index


Cardiovascular disease


Disability-adjusted life years


Diabetes mellitus


Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


Global Burden of Disease


Global Health Data Exchange


International Obesity Task Force


Low- and middle-income countries


Non-communicable diseases


Consumer Expenditure Survey


Population attributable fraction


Spatiotemporal Gaussian process regression


Theoretical minimum risk exposure level


Telephone Survey Surveillance System for Risk and Protective Factors for Chronic Diseases


Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais


Uncertainty interval


Years lived with disability


ears of life lost


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The authors also acknowledge the contributions of Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) staff with data exchange with IHME.

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This article has been published as part of Population Health Metrics, Volume 18 Supplement 1 2020: The GBD Brazil Network. The full contents of the supplement are available at


This study used data from IHME, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This work was supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Health through a resource transfer from the National Health Fund (TED-125/2017).

Publication costs were funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Health through resource transfer from the National Health Fund (TED-125/2017).

DCM, ALPR, BBD, MIS, and GVM are research fellows (Bolsista de Produtividade em Pesquisa-PQ) from the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq/Brazil). ALPR also receives unrestricted grants from the Instituto de Avaliação de Tecnologia em Saúde (IATS/CNPq) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG). BBD was also supported in part by IATS (465518/2014-1). IEM receives funding as a junior post-doc from the National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) (Process 153719/2018-4). GVM also receives grant from the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) (Grant PPM0071316).

These funding sources had no role in the study design, analyses, interpretation of the data, or decision to submit results.

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Conceived and designed the work: MSFM and GVM. Acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data: MSFM, GVM, EC, IEM, and SG. Drafted the manuscript: MSFM, GVM, and EC. Revised the manuscript critically for important intellectual content: MSFM, EC, IEM, DCM, ALPR, BBD, MIS, DASS, AA, and GVM. All authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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Additional file 1: Figure S1.

Prevalence trends of overweight (BMI ≥ 25.0 Kg/m2) (A) and obesity (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2) (B) during the period of 1990 and 2017 in Brazil for both sexes (green), females (orange) and males (blue). The y-axis is the prevalence estimates. X-axes are the point-year estimates (1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2017). BMI = Body Mass Index.

Additional file 2: Table S1.

95% UI of the age-standardized DALY and Death rates due to high BMI shown in Figure 3. UI=Uncertainty Intervals. DALYs = disability-adjusted life-years; BMI = Body Mass Index.

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Felisbino-Mendes, M.S., Cousin, E., Malta, D.C. et al. The burden of non-communicable diseases attributable to high BMI in Brazil, 1990–2017: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study. Popul Health Metrics 18 (Suppl 1), 18 (2020).

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