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 25 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)
  11. Qatar (Average BMI: 29.2)
  12. Marshall Islands (Average BMI: 29.2)
  13. Egypt (Average BMI: 29.2)
  14. Jordan (Average BMI: 28.9)
  15. Belize (Average BMI: 28.9)
  16. United States of America (Average BMI: 28.8)
  17. United Arab Emirates (Average BMI: 28.7)
  18. Trinidad and Tobago (Average BMI: 28.7)
  19. Barbados (Average BMI: 28.6)
  20. Saudi Arabia (Average BMI: 28.5)
  21. Bahamas (Average BMI: 28.4)
  22. Bahrain (Average BMI: 28.2)
  23. Mexico (Average BMI: 28.1)
  24. Antigua and Barbuda (Average BMI: 28.1)
  25. Syria (Average BMI: 28.1)
Flag Name Obesity Rate BMI Population 2019 Area
American Samoa74.60%34.955,312199 km²
Tokelau74.40% 1,34012 km²
Nauru61.00%32.510,75621 km²
Cook Islands55.90%3317,548236 km²
Palau55.30%29.418,008459 km²
Marshall Islands52.90%29.258,791181 km²
Tuvalu51.60%29.311,64626 km²
Niue50.00% 1,615260 km²
Tonga48.20%31.9104,494747 km²
Samoa47.30%31.7197,0972,842 km²
Kiribati46.00%29.6117,606811 km²
Micronesia45.80%29.4113,815702 km²
Aruba38.20% 106,314180 km²
Kuwait37.90%304,207,08317,818 km²
Cayman Islands36.60% 64,948264 km²
United States36.20%28.8329,064,9179,372,610 km²
British Virgin Islands35.50% 30,030151 km²
Jordan35.50%28.910,101,69489,342 km²
Saudi Arabia35.40%28.534,268,5282,149,690 km²
Qatar35.10%29.22,832,06711,586 km²
Bermuda34.40% 62,50654 km²
Guam34.30% 167,294549 km²
French Polynesia33.10% 279,2874,167 km²
Puerto Rico32.90% 2,933,4088,870 km²
United States Virgin Islands32.50% 104,578347 km²
Libya32.50%27.76,777,4521,759,540 km²
Turkey32.10%27.883,429,615783,562 km²
Egypt32.00%29.2100,388,0731,002,450 km²
Lebanon32.00%27.86,855,71310,452 km²
United Arab Emirates31.70%28.89,770,52983,600 km²
Bahamas31.60%28.4389,48213,943 km²
New Caledonia31.50% 282,75018,575 km²
New Zealand30.80%27.94,783,063270,467 km²
Iraq30.40%2839,309,783438,317 km²
Fiji30.20%27.2889,95318,272 km²
Macau30.00% 640,44530 km²
Hong Kong29.90% 7,436,1541,104 km²
Bahrain29.80%28.21,641,172765 km²
Canada29.40%27.237,411,0479,984,670 km²
Northern Mariana Islands29.20% 57,216464 km²
Australia29.00%27.225,203,1987,692,024 km²
Mexico28.90%28.1127,575,5291,964,375 km²
Malta28.90%27.2440,372316 km²
South Africa28.30%27.358,558,2701,221,037 km²
Argentina28.30%27.744,780,6772,780,400 km²
Chile28.00%27.818,952,038756,102 km²
Uruguay27.90%26.83,461,734181,034 km²
Dominica27.90%2771,808751 km²
United Kingdom27.80%27.367,530,172242,900 km²
Syria27.80%28.117,070,135185,180 km²
Dominican Republic27.60%26.710,738,95848,671 km²
Algeria27.40%26.243,053,0542,381,741 km²
Oman27.00%26.94,974,986309,500 km²
Tunisia26.90%26.811,694,719163,610 km²
Palestine26.80%27.64,981,4206,220 km²
Suriname26.40%27.4581,372163,820 km²
Hungary26.40%26.39,684,67993,028 km²
Lithuania26.30%26.62,759,62765,300 km²
Morocco26.10%25.636,471,769446,550 km²
Israel26.10%26.38,519,37720,770 km²
Czech Republic26.00%26.910,689,20978,865 km²
Iran25.80%26.282,913,9061,648,195 km²
Costa Rica25.70%26.95,047,56151,100 km²
Venezuela25.60%27.228,515,829916,445 km²
Andorra25.60%27.577,142468 km²
Ireland25.30%27.54,882,49570,273 km²
Vanuatu25.20%26.2299,88212,189 km²
Bulgaria25.00%267,000,119110,879 km²
Greece24.90%27.310,473,455131,990 km²
Jamaica24.70%27.42,948,27910,991 km²
El Salvador24.60%27.46,453,55321,041 km²
Cuba24.60%26.211,333,483109,884 km²
Belarus24.50%26.69,452,411207,600 km²
Croatia24.40%25.54,130,30456,594 km²
Belize24.10%28.9390,35322,966 km²
Ukraine24.10%2643,993,638603,500 km²
Gibraltar24.00%27.533,7016 km²
Spain23.80%26.746,736,776505,992 km²
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines23.70%27.3110,589389 km²
Nicaragua23.70%26.96,545,502130,373 km²
Latvia23.60%25.81,906,74364,559 km²
Montenegro23.30%26627,98713,812 km²
Russia23.10%26.5145,872,25617,098,242 km²
Poland23.10%26.437,887,768312,679 km²
Norway23.10%265,378,857323,802 km²
Barbados23.10%28.7287,025430 km²
Saint Kitts And Nevis22.90%29.752,823261 km²
Guadeloupe22.90% 400,0561,628 km²
Panama22.70%27.14,246,43975,417 km²
Haiti22.70%24.111,263,07727,750 km²
Luxembourg22.60%26.5615,7292,586 km²
Solomon Islands22.50%25.5669,82328,896 km²
Romania22.50%25.319,364,557238,391 km²
Macedonia22.40%25.82,083,45925,713 km²
Germany22.30%26.383,517,045357,114 km²
Colombia22.30%25.950,339,4431,141,748 km²
Finland22.20%25.95,532,156338,424 km²
Brazil22.10%25.9211,049,5278,515,767 km²
Belgium22.10%25.511,539,32830,528 km²
Greenland22.00% 56,6722,166,086 km²
Taiwan22.00%2423,773,87636,193 km²
Iceland21.90%25.9339,031103,000 km²
Cyprus21.80%271,198,5759,251 km²
Albania21.70%26.12,880,91728,748 km²
Georgia21.70%27.23,996,76569,700 km²
France21.60%25.365,129,728551,695 km²
Serbia21.50%25.88,772,23588,361 km²
Honduras21.40%26.49,746,117112,492 km²
Papua New Guinea21.30%25.38,776,109462,840 km²
Grenada21.30%27112,003344 km²
Guatemala21.20%26.517,581,472108,889 km²
Estonia21.20%25.51,325,64845,227 km²
Kazakhstan21.00%27.418,551,4272,724,900 km²
Portugal20.80%26.210,226,18792,090 km²
Sweden20.60%25.810,036,379450,295 km²
Mongolia20.60%263,225,1671,564,110 km²
Slovakia20.50%26.55,457,01349,037 km²
Netherlands20.40%25.417,097,13041,850 km²
Paraguay20.30%25.87,044,636406,752 km²
Slovenia20.20%26.92,078,65420,273 km²
Bolivia20.20%25.911,513,1001,098,581 km²
Armenia20.20%26.72,957,73129,743 km²
Guyana20.20%26.3782,766214,969 km²
Austria20.10%25.48,955,10283,871 km²
Isle Of Man20.00% 84,584572 km²
Italy19.90%2660,550,075301,336 km²
Azerbaijan19.90%27.410,047,71886,600 km²
Ecuador19.90%2717,373,662276,841 km²
Saint Lucia19.70%29.6182,790616 km²
Peru19.70%26.332,510,4531,285,216 km²
Denmark19.70%25.35,771,87643,094 km²
Switzerland19.50%25.38,591,36541,284 km²
Botswana18.90%24.72,303,697582,000 km²
Moldova18.90%26.74,043,26333,846 km²
Antigua And Barbuda18.90%28.197,118442 km²
Turkmenistan18.60%26.45,942,089488,100 km²
Trinidad And Tobago18.60%28.71,394,9735,130 km²
Bosnia And Herzegovina17.90%26.13,301,00051,209 km²
French Guiana17.90% 290,83283,534 km²
Namibia17.20%24.32,494,530825,615 km²
Yemen17.10%25.829,161,922527,968 km²
Uzbekistan16.60%26.132,981,716447,400 km²
Lesotho16.60%24.92,125,26830,355 km²
Kyrgyzstan16.60%26.26,415,850199,951 km²
Malaysia15.60%25.331,949,777330,803 km²
Zimbabwe15.50%23.414,645,468390,757 km²
Gabon15.00%25.52,172,579267,668 km²
Swaziland14.80% 1,148,13017,364 km²
Tajikistan14.20%25.49,321,018143,100 km²
Brunei14.10%26.2433,2855,765 km²
Seychelles14.00%26.897,739452 km²
Djibouti13.50%23.3973,56023,200 km²
Mauritania12.70%24.84,525,6961,030,700 km²
Sao Tome And Principe12.40%24.8215,056964 km²
Cape Verde11.80%24.7549,9354,033 km²
Cameroon11.40%24.425,876,380475,442 km²
Ghana10.90%24.230,417,856238,533 km²
Mauritius10.80%25.61,269,6682,040 km²
Ivory Coast10.30%23.625,716,544322,463 km²
Gambia10.30%242,347,70610,689 km²
Thailand10.00%24.169,625,582513,120 km²
Liberia9.90%244,937,374111,369 km²
Benin9.60%23.411,801,151112,622 km²
Republic Of The Congo9.60%23.35,380,508342,000 km²
Nigeria8.90%23.4200,963,599923,768 km²
Senegal8.80%2316,296,364196,722 km²
Sierra Leone8.70%22.87,813,21571,740 km²
Pakistan8.60%23.8216,565,318881,912 km²
Mali8.60%22.819,658,0311,240,192 km²
Maldives8.60%25.1530,953300 km²
Tanzania8.40%23.158,005,463945,087 km²
Togo8.40%23.28,082,36656,785 km²
Somalia8.30%21.915,442,905637,657 km²
Angola8.20%24.131,825,2951,246,700 km²
Zambia8.10%22.617,861,030752,612 km²
Equatorial Guinea8.00%25.61,355,98628,051 km²
Comoros7.80%24.1850,8861,862 km²
Guinea7.70%22.712,771,246245,857 km²
Central African Republic7.50%22.44,745,185622,984 km²
Mozambique7.20%22.330,366,036801,590 km²
Martinique7.20% 375,5541,128 km²
Kenya7.10%2352,573,973580,367 km²
Indonesia6.90%22.9270,625,5681,904,569 km²
North Korea6.80%21.825,666,161120,538 km²
Dr Congo6.70%22.286,790,5672,344,858 km²
Sudan6.60%25.242,813,2381,886,068 km²
South Sudan6.60%25.211,062,113619,745 km²
Bhutan6.40%23.8763,09238,394 km²
Philippines6.40%23.2108,116,615342,353 km²
China6.20%23.91,433,783,6869,706,961 km²
Singapore6.10%23.75,804,337710 km²
Chad6.10%22.315,946,8761,284,000 km²
Rwanda5.80%2212,626,95026,338 km²
Malawi5.80%22.818,628,747118,484 km²
Myanmar5.80%22.654,045,420676,578 km²
Burkina Faso5.60%22.120,321,378272,967 km²
Niger5.50%21.723,310,7151,267,000 km²
Afghanistan5.50%21.638,041,754652,230 km²
Burundi5.40%20.911,530,58027,834 km²
Uganda5.30%2244,269,594241,550 km²
Madagascar5.30%21.126,969,307587,041 km²
Laos5.30%22.67,169,455236,800 km²
Sri Lanka5.20%2321,323,73365,610 km²
Eritrea5.00%20.53,497,117117,600 km²
South Korea4.70%23.951,225,308100,210 km²
Ethiopia4.50%20.6112,078,7301,104,300 km²
Japan4.30%22.6126,860,301377,930 km²
Nepal4.10%22.228,608,710147,181 km²
India3.90%21.91,366,417,7543,287,590 km²
Cambodia3.90%21.916,486,542181,035 km²
Bangladesh3.60%21163,046,161147,570 km²
Vietnam2.10%21.696,462,106331,212 km²