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.

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 country of Nauru is the most obese country, with 61% of its population having a BMI higher than 30. 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 25 most obese nations are as follows:

Flag Name Population 2019 Area Growth Rate
United States329,093,1109,372,610 km²0.71%
Turkey82,961,805783,562 km²1.28%
Iraq40,412,299438,317 km²2.73%
Saudi Arabia34,140,6622,149,690 km²1.75%
Jordan10,069,79489,342 km²1.68%
United Arab Emirates9,682,08883,600 km²1.47%
Libya6,569,8641,759,540 km²1.53%
Lebanon6,065,92210,452 km²-0.45%
New Zealand4,792,409270,467 km²0.90%
Kuwait4,248,97417,818 km²1.24%
Qatar2,743,90111,586 km²1.82%
Bahrain1,637,896765 km²4.52%
Fiji918,75718,272 km²0.71%
Bahamas403,09513,943 km²0.95%
Samoa198,9092,842 km²0.61%
Kiribati120,428811 km²1.70%
Tonga110,041747 km²0.95%
Micronesia106,983702 km²0.71%
Marshall Islands53,211181 km²0.08%
Palau22,206459 km²1.10%
Cook Islands17,462236 km²0.29%
Tuvalu11,39326 km²0.94%
Nauru11,26021 km²-0.46%
Niue1,628260 km²0.25%