Most Obese Countries

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 Area Population 2018 Growth Rate
United States9,372,610 km²326,766,7480.71%
Turkey783,562 km²81,916,8711.45%
Iraq438,317 km²39,339,7532.78%
Saudi Arabia2,149,690 km²33,554,3431.87%
Jordan89,342 km²9,903,8022.08%
United Arab Emirates83,600 km²9,541,6151.50%
Libya1,759,540 km²6,470,9561.51%
Lebanon10,452 km²6,093,5090.18%
New Zealand270,467 km²4,749,5980.93%
Kuwait17,818 km²4,197,1281.46%
Qatar11,586 km²2,694,8492.11%
Bahrain765 km²1,566,9934.99%
Fiji18,272 km²912,2410.74%
Bahamas13,943 km²399,2850.99%
Samoa2,842 km²197,6950.64%
Kiribati811 km²118,4141.73%
Tonga747 km²109,0080.91%
Micronesia702 km²106,2270.65%
Marshall Islands181 km²53,1670.08%
Palau459 km²21,9641.08%
Cook Islands236 km²17,4110.18%
Nauru21 km²11,312-0.41%
Tuvalu26 km²11,2870.85%
Niue260 km²1,6240.37%