Most Obese Countries 2019

A person is obese when their Body Mass Index is higher than 30. The BMI measures a person’s weight in relation to their height, giving them a score. A normal BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.

The number of obese people in the world total is approximately 2.1 billion, which makes up about 30% of the total population. This number continues to rise. Over 3 million people each year die from obesity. The worldwide obesity rate has tripled since 1975.

In addition to dramatically decreasing a person’s lifespan, the quality of life of an obese person is affected. There are numerous health risks, including higher risks of diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer. Pregnant women that are obese may suffer from complications that can lead to health problems for the mother or child. Other health risks from diabetes include osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, kidney disease, strokes, and high blood pressure.

Obesity isn’t just limited to one part of the world. Nations everywhere have obese citizens. Some, however, have a far high proportion than others. These nations are categorized as the Most Obese Nations in the World. While some think that the richest and the most developed countries in the world are the most obese, this isn’t always the case. In fact, the United States and the United Kingdom are two of the most economically rich and developed countries in the world. However, they are only ranked 12th and 36th, respectively, when compared to other nations.

There have been multiple nations with small economies that have been classified as the most obese, and the World Health Organization says that the rising costs of healthy food and food scarcity in underdeveloped nations is a contributing factor to obesity.

The least obese countries in world have obesity rates lower than 2%. The five least obese countries in the world are Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Eritrea, Madagascar.

The country of Nauru is the most obese country, with 61% of its population having a BMI higher than 30. The Nauru obesity problem, like many other South Pacific countries, is possibly attributed to Western settlers who taught them to fry their food and import less healthy food, abandoning their tradition cultivation, preparation and preserving skills.

Kuwait is the fourth most obese country, with an average BMI of 30. Kuwait's obesity is blamed on the arrival of American fast food restaurants, which have taken over and replaced local food. As a result, diabetes has also been on the rise in Kuwait.

Behind Nauru, Cook Islands and Palau are the second and third most obese nations, with obese people making up 55.9% and 55.3%, respectively. The top 10 most obese nations are as follows:

  1. Nauru (Average BMI: 32.5)
  2. Tonga (Average BMI: 31.9)
  3. Samoa (Average BMI: 31.7)
  4. Kuwait (Average BMI: 30)
  5. Saint Kitts and Nevis (Average BMI: 29.7)
  6. Saint Lucia (Average BMI: 29.6)
  7. Kiribati (Average BMI: 29.6)
  8. Palau (Average BMI: 29.4)
  9. Micronesia (Average BMI: 29.4)
  10. Tuvalu (Average BMI: 29.3)
Country Obesity Rate BMI Population 2019
American Samoa74.60%34.955,312
Tokelau74.40% 1,340
Nauru61.00%32.510,756
Cook Islands55.90%3317,548
Palau55.30%29.418,008
Marshall Islands52.90%29.258,791
Tuvalu51.60%29.311,646
Niue50.00% 1,615
Tonga48.20%31.9104,494
Samoa47.30%31.7197,097
Kiribati46.00%29.6117,606
Micronesia45.80%29.4113,815
Aruba38.20% 106,314
Kuwait37.90%304,207,083
Cayman Islands36.60% 64,948
United States36.20%28.8329,064,917
British Virgin Islands35.50% 30,030
Jordan35.50%28.910,101,694
Saudi Arabia35.40%28.534,268,528
Qatar35.10%29.22,832,067
Bermuda34.40% 62,506
Guam34.30% 167,294
French Polynesia33.10% 279,287
Puerto Rico32.90% 2,933,408
United States Virgin Islands32.50% 104,578
Libya32.50%27.76,777,452
Turkey32.10%27.883,429,615
Egypt32.00%29.2100,388,073
Lebanon32.00%27.86,855,713
United Arab Emirates31.70%28.89,770,529
Bahamas31.60%28.4389,482
New Caledonia31.50% 282,750
New Zealand30.80%27.94,783,063
Iraq30.40%2839,309,783
Fiji30.20%27.2889,953
Macau30.00% 640,445
Hong Kong29.90% 7,436,154
Bahrain29.80%28.21,641,172
Canada29.40%27.237,411,047
Northern Mariana Islands29.20% 57,216
Australia29.00%27.225,203,198
Mexico28.90%28.1127,575,529
Malta28.90%27.2440,372
South Africa28.30%27.358,558,270
Argentina28.30%27.744,780,677
Chile28.00%27.818,952,038
Uruguay27.90%26.83,461,734
Dominica27.90%2771,808
United Kingdom27.80%27.367,530,172
Syria27.80%28.117,070,135
Dominican Republic27.60%26.710,738,958
Algeria27.40%26.243,053,054
Oman27.00%26.94,974,986
Tunisia26.90%26.811,694,719
Palestine26.80%27.64,981,420
Suriname26.40%27.4581,372
Hungary26.40%26.39,684,679
Lithuania26.30%26.62,759,627
Morocco26.10%25.636,471,769
Israel26.10%26.38,519,377
Czech Republic26.00%26.910,689,209
Iran25.80%26.282,913,906
Costa Rica25.70%26.95,047,561
Venezuela25.60%27.228,515,829
Andorra25.60%27.577,142
Ireland25.30%27.54,882,495
Vanuatu25.20%26.2299,882
Bulgaria25.00%267,000,119
Greece24.90%27.310,473,455
Jamaica24.70%27.42,948,279
El Salvador24.60%27.46,453,553
Cuba24.60%26.211,333,483
Belarus24.50%26.69,452,411
Croatia24.40%25.54,130,304
Belize24.10%28.9390,353
Ukraine24.10%2643,993,638
Gibraltar24.00%27.533,701
Spain23.80%26.746,736,776
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines23.70%27.3110,589
Nicaragua23.70%26.96,545,502
Latvia23.60%25.81,906,743
Montenegro23.30%26627,987
Russia23.10%26.5145,872,256
Poland23.10%26.437,887,768
Norway23.10%265,378,857
Barbados23.10%28.7287,025
Saint Kitts And Nevis22.90%29.752,823
Guadeloupe22.90% 400,056
Panama22.70%27.14,246,439
Haiti22.70%24.111,263,077
Luxembourg22.60%26.5615,729
Solomon Islands22.50%25.5669,823
Romania22.50%25.319,364,557
Germany22.30%26.383,517,045
Colombia22.30%25.950,339,443
Finland22.20%25.95,532,156
Brazil22.10%25.9211,049,527
Belgium22.10%25.511,539,328
Greenland22.00% 56,672
Taiwan22.00%2423,773,876
Iceland21.90%25.9339,031
Cyprus21.80%271,198,575
Albania21.70%26.12,880,917
Georgia21.70%27.23,996,765
France21.60%25.365,129,728
Serbia21.50%25.88,772,235
Honduras21.40%26.49,746,117
Papua New Guinea21.30%25.38,776,109
Grenada21.30%27112,003
Guatemala21.20%26.517,581,472
Estonia21.20%25.51,325,648
Kazakhstan21.00%27.418,551,427
Portugal20.80%26.210,226,187
Sweden20.60%25.810,036,379
Mongolia20.60%263,225,167
Slovakia20.50%26.55,457,013
Netherlands20.40%25.417,097,130
Paraguay20.30%25.87,044,636
Slovenia20.20%26.92,078,654
Bolivia20.20%25.911,513,100
Armenia20.20%26.72,957,731
Guyana20.20%26.3782,766
Austria20.10%25.48,955,102
Isle Of Man20.00% 84,584
Italy19.90%2660,550,075
Azerbaijan19.90%27.410,047,718
Ecuador19.90%2717,373,662
Saint Lucia19.70%29.6182,790
Peru19.70%26.332,510,453
Denmark19.70%25.35,771,876
Switzerland19.50%25.38,591,365
Botswana18.90%24.72,303,697
Moldova18.90%26.74,043,263
Antigua And Barbuda18.90%28.197,118
Turkmenistan18.60%26.45,942,089
Trinidad And Tobago18.60%28.71,394,973
Bosnia And Herzegovina17.90%26.13,301,000
French Guiana17.90% 290,832
Namibia17.20%24.32,494,530
Yemen17.10%25.829,161,922
Uzbekistan16.60%26.132,981,716
Lesotho16.60%24.92,125,268
Kyrgyzstan16.60%26.26,415,850
Malaysia15.60%25.331,949,777
Zimbabwe15.50%23.414,645,468
Gabon15.00%25.52,172,579
Tajikistan14.20%25.49,321,018
Brunei14.10%26.2433,285
Seychelles14.00%26.897,739
Djibouti13.50%23.3973,560
Mauritania12.70%24.84,525,696
Sao Tome And Principe12.40%24.8215,056
Cape Verde11.80%24.7549,935
Cameroon11.40%24.425,876,380
Ghana10.90%24.230,417,856
Mauritius10.80%25.61,269,668
Ivory Coast10.30%23.625,716,544
Gambia10.30%242,347,706
Thailand10.00%24.169,625,582
Liberia9.90%244,937,374
Benin9.60%23.411,801,151
Republic Of The Congo9.60%23.35,380,508
Nigeria8.90%23.4200,963,599
Senegal8.80%2316,296,364
Sierra Leone8.70%22.87,813,215
Pakistan8.60%23.8216,565,318
Mali8.60%22.819,658,031
Maldives8.60%25.1530,953
Tanzania8.40%23.158,005,463
Togo8.40%23.28,082,366
Somalia8.30%21.915,442,905
Angola8.20%24.131,825,295
Zambia8.10%22.617,861,030
Equatorial Guinea8.00%25.61,355,986
Comoros7.80%24.1850,886
Guinea7.70%22.712,771,246
Central African Republic7.50%22.44,745,185
Mozambique7.20%22.330,366,036
Martinique7.20% 375,554
Kenya7.10%2352,573,973
Indonesia6.90%22.9270,625,568
North Korea6.80%21.825,666,161
Dr Congo6.70%22.286,790,567
Sudan6.60%25.242,813,238
South Sudan6.60%25.211,062,113
Bhutan6.40%23.8763,092
Philippines6.40%23.2108,116,615
China6.20%23.91,433,783,686
Singapore6.10%23.75,804,337
Chad6.10%22.315,946,876
Rwanda5.80%2212,626,950
Malawi5.80%22.818,628,747
Myanmar5.80%22.654,045,420
Burkina Faso5.60%22.120,321,378
Niger5.50%21.723,310,715
Afghanistan5.50%21.638,041,754
Burundi5.40%20.911,530,580
Uganda5.30%2244,269,594
Madagascar5.30%21.126,969,307
Laos5.30%22.67,169,455
Sri Lanka5.20%2321,323,733
Eritrea5.00%20.53,497,117
South Korea4.70%23.951,225,308
Ethiopia4.50%20.6112,078,730
Japan4.30%22.6126,860,301
Nepal4.10%22.228,608,710
India3.90%21.91,366,417,754
Cambodia3.90%21.916,486,542
Bangladesh3.60%21163,046,161
Vietnam2.10%21.696,462,106