Obesity Rates By Country 2019

What country has the highest obesity rate? What country has the lowest obesity rate?

Obesity is when an adult has a BMI of 30 or greater and is considered an epidemic around the world. Bodyweight is the result of several factors such as poor nutritional choices, overeating, genetics, culture, and metabolism. Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975, with about 13% of adults being obese and about 39% of adults being overweight.

Obesity is linked to many health complications and diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and stroke. Additionally, obesity is the leading preventable cause of preventable death.

Obesity rates vary greatly by country as a result of different lifestyles and diets. There is no direct correlation between the obesity rate of a country and its economic status; however, wealthier countries tend to have the resources to implement programs, campaigns, and initiatives to raise awareness and education people about what they are consuming.

Some regions of the world, such as Southeast Asia, are seeing alarmingly rapid increases in obesity rates within the past five years. Some governments, such as the United States government, have launched campaigns in recent years to promote healthier lifestyles and being active.

Nauru has the highest obesity rate in the world at 61.0%. Nauru is a Pacific Island nation with roughly 10,000 inhabitants. Their diet consists mostly of noodles, rice, soda, and food from tins, likely attributed to the island’s economic downturn making it difficult to access healthy food. Type 2-diabetes is a large concern among the Nauru people.

Vietnam has the lowest obesity rate of 2.1%. Vietnam, however, has a large number of undernourished and underweight citizens. Vietnam is struggling with an increase in obesity while simultaneously addressing those who are not receiving enough nutrition, forcing the government to adjust policies in different regions. Obesity seems to be increasing in cities while undernourishment is a prevalent issue among rural populations.

The United States has the 12th highest obesity rate in the world of 36.2%. Obesity varies greatly between each state in the US, due to the same diet, environment and culture factors that cause variations between countries. Diet is primarily to blame, with Americans receiving mixed messages about what they should be eating and how much of it. With campaigns promoting daily physical activity and proper nutrition, Americans often still opt for fast, cheap, and filling options such as processed packaged food, fast food, and larger portions. This often leads to higher fat, calorie, and sodium intake and lower intake of vitamins and nutrients.

The top ten most obese countries in the world are:

  1. Nauru (61.0%)
  2. Cook Islands (55.9%)
  3. Palau (55.3%)
  4. Marshall Islands (52.9%)
  5. Tuvalu (51.6%)
  6. Niue (50.0%)
  7. Tonga (48.2%)
  8. Samoa (47.3%)
  9. Kiribati (46.0%)
  10. Micronesia (45.8%)

Below is a table of the obesity rate in every country.

Country % of Obese Adults Population 2019
Nauru61.00%10,756
Cook Islands55.90%17,548
Palau55.30%18,008
Marshall Islands52.90%58,791
Tuvalu51.60%11,646
Niue50.00%1,615
Tonga48.20%104,494
Samoa47.30%197,097
Kiribati46.00%117,606
Micronesia45.80%113,815
Kuwait37.90%4,207,083
United States36.20%329,064,917
Jordan35.50%10,101,694
Saudi Arabia35.40%34,268,528
Qatar35.10%2,832,067
Lebanon33.70%6,855,713
Libya32.50%6,777,452
Turkey32.10%83,429,615
Egypt32.00%100,388,073
United Arab Emirates31.70%9,770,529
Bahamas31.60%389,482
New Zealand30.80%4,783,063
Iraq30.40%39,309,783
Fiji30.20%889,953
Bahrain29.80%1,641,172
Canada29.40%37,411,047
Australia29.00%25,203,198
Mexico28.90%127,575,529
Malta28.90%440,372
South Africa28.30%58,558,270
Argentina28.30%44,780,677
Chile28.00%18,952,038
Uruguay27.90%3,461,734
Dominica27.90%71,808
United Kingdom27.80%67,530,172
Dominican Republic27.60%10,738,958
Algeria27.40%43,053,054
Oman27.00%4,974,986
Tunisia26.90%11,694,719
Suriname26.40%581,372
Hungary26.40%9,684,679
Lithuania26.30%2,759,627
Morocco26.10%36,471,769
Israel26.10%8,519,377
Czech Republic26.00%10,689,209
Iran25.80%82,913,906
Costa Rica25.70%5,047,561
Venezuela25.60%28,515,829
Andorra25.60%77,142
Ireland25.30%4,882,495
Bulgaria25.00%7,000,119
Greece24.90%10,473,455
Jamaica24.70%2,948,279
El Salvador24.60%6,453,553
Cuba24.60%11,333,483
Belarus24.50%9,452,411
Croatia24.40%4,130,304
Belize24.10%390,353
Ukraine24.10%43,993,638
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines24.10%110,589
Spain23.80%46,736,776
Nicaragua23.70%6,545,502
Latvia23.60%1,906,743
Montenegro23.30%627,987
Russia23.10%145,872,256
Poland23.10%37,887,768
Norway23.10%5,378,857
Barbados23.10%287,025
Saint Kitts And Nevis22.90%52,823
Panama22.70%4,246,439
Haiti22.70%11,263,077
Luxembourg22.60%615,729
Solomon Islands22.50%669,823
Romania22.50%19,364,557
Germany22.30%83,517,045
Colombia22.30%50,339,443
Finland22.20%5,532,156
Brazil22.10%211,049,527
Belgium22.10%11,539,328
Iceland21.90%339,031
Cyprus21.80%1,198,575
Albania21.70%2,880,917
Georgia21.70%3,996,765
France21.60%65,129,728
Serbia21.50%8,772,235
Honduras21.40%9,746,117
Papua New Guinea21.30%8,776,109
Grenada21.30%112,003
Guatemala21.20%17,581,472
Estonia21.20%1,325,648
Kazakhstan21.00%18,551,427
Portugal20.80%10,226,187
Sweden20.60%10,036,379
Mongolia20.60%3,225,167
Slovakia20.50%5,457,013
Netherlands20.40%17,097,130
Paraguay20.30%7,044,636
Slovenia20.20%2,078,654
Bolivia20.20%11,513,100
Armenia20.20%2,957,731
Guyana20.20%782,766
Austria20.10%8,955,102
Italy19.90%60,550,075
Azerbaijan19.90%10,047,718
Ecuador19.90%17,373,662
Saint Lucia19.70%182,790
Peru19.70%32,510,453
Denmark19.70%5,771,876
Switzerland19.50%8,591,365
Botswana18.90%2,303,697
Moldova18.90%4,043,263
Antigua And Barbuda18.90%97,118
Turkmenistan18.60%5,942,089
Trinidad And Tobago18.60%1,394,973
Bosnia And Herzegovina17.90%3,301,000
Namibia17.20%2,494,530
Yemen17.10%29,161,922
Uzbekistan16.60%32,981,716
Lesotho16.60%2,125,268
Kyrgyzstan16.60%6,415,850
Malaysia15.60%31,949,777
Zimbabwe15.50%14,645,468
Gabon15.00%2,172,579
Tajikistan14.20%9,321,018
Seychelles14.00%97,739
Djibouti13.50%973,560
Mauritania12.70%4,525,696
Sao Tome And Principe12.40%215,056
Cameroon11.40%25,876,380
Ghana10.90%30,417,856
Mauritius10.80%1,269,668
Ivory Coast10.30%25,716,544
Gambia10.30%2,347,706
Thailand10.00%69,625,582
Liberia9.90%4,937,374
Benin9.60%11,801,151
Guinea Bissau9.50%1,920,922
Nigeria8.90%200,963,599
Senegal8.80%16,296,364
Sierra Leone8.70%7,813,215
Sudan8.60%42,813,238
South Sudan8.60%11,062,113
Pakistan8.60%216,565,318
Mali8.60%19,658,031
Maldives8.60%530,953
Tanzania8.40%58,005,463
Togo8.40%8,082,366
Somalia8.30%15,442,905
Angola8.20%31,825,295
Zambia8.10%17,861,030
Equatorial Guinea8.00%1,355,986
Comoros7.80%850,886
Guinea7.70%12,771,246
Central African Republic7.50%4,745,185
Mozambique7.20%30,366,036
Kenya7.10%52,573,973
Indonesia6.90%270,625,568
North Korea6.80%25,666,161
Dr Congo6.70%86,790,567
Bhutan6.40%763,092
Philippines6.40%108,116,615
China6.20%1,433,783,686
Singapore6.10%5,804,337
Chad6.10%15,946,876
Rwanda5.80%12,626,950
Malawi5.80%18,628,747
Myanmar5.80%54,045,420
Burkina Faso5.60%20,321,378
Niger5.50%23,310,715
Afghanistan5.50%38,041,754
Burundi5.40%11,530,580
Uganda5.30%44,269,594
Madagascar5.30%26,969,307
Laos5.30%7,169,455
Sri Lanka5.20%21,323,733
Eritrea5.00%3,497,117
South Korea4.70%51,225,308
Ethiopia4.50%112,078,730
Japan4.30%126,860,301
Nepal4.10%28,608,710
India3.90%1,366,417,754
Cambodia3.90%16,486,542
Bangladesh3.60%163,046,161
Vietnam2.10%96,462,106