Most Obese Countries 2020

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 2020
American Samoa74.60%34.955,191
Tokelau74.40% 1,357
Nauru61.00%32.510,824
Cook Islands55.90%3317,564
Palau55.30%29.418,094
Marshall Islands52.90%29.259,190
Tuvalu51.60%29.311,792
Niue50.00% 1,626
Tonga48.20%31.9105,695
Samoa47.30%31.7198,414
Kiribati46.00%29.6119,449
Micronesia45.80%29.4115,023
Aruba38.20% 106,766
Kuwait37.90%304,270,571
Cayman Islands36.60% 65,722
United States36.20%28.8331,002,651
British Virgin Islands35.50% 30,231
Jordan35.50%28.910,203,134
Saudi Arabia35.40%28.534,813,871
Qatar35.10%29.22,881,053
Bermuda34.40% 62,278
Guam34.30% 168,775
French Polynesia33.10% 280,908
Puerto Rico32.90% 2,860,853
United States Virgin Islands32.50% 104,425
Libya32.50%27.76,871,292
Turkey32.10%27.884,339,067
Egypt32.00%29.2102,334,404
Lebanon32.00%27.86,825,445
United Arab Emirates31.70%28.89,890,402
Bahamas31.60%28.4393,244
New Caledonia31.50% 285,498
New Zealand30.80%27.94,822,233
Iraq30.40%2840,222,493
Fiji30.20%27.2896,445
Macau30.00% 649,335
Hong Kong29.90% 7,496,981
Bahrain29.80%28.21,701,575
Canada29.40%27.237,742,154
Northern Mariana Islands29.20% 57,559
Australia29.00%27.225,499,884
Mexico28.90%28.1128,932,753
Malta28.90%27.2441,543
South Africa28.30%27.359,308,690
Argentina28.30%27.745,195,774
Chile28.00%27.819,116,201
Uruguay27.90%26.83,473,730
Dominica27.90%2771,986
United Kingdom27.80%27.367,886,011
Syria27.80%28.117,500,658
Dominican Republic27.60%26.710,847,910
Algeria27.40%26.243,851,044
Oman27.00%26.95,106,626
Tunisia26.90%26.811,818,619
Palestine26.80%27.65,101,414
Suriname26.40%27.4586,632
Hungary26.40%26.39,660,351
Lithuania26.30%26.62,722,289
Morocco26.10%25.636,910,560
Israel26.10%26.38,655,535
Czech Republic26.00%26.910,708,981
Iran25.80%26.283,992,949
Costa Rica25.70%26.95,094,118
Venezuela25.60%27.228,435,940
Andorra25.60%27.577,265
Ireland25.30%27.54,937,786
Vanuatu25.20%26.2307,145
Bulgaria25.00%266,948,445
Greece24.90%27.310,423,054
Jamaica24.70%27.42,961,167
El Salvador24.60%27.46,486,205
Cuba24.60%26.211,326,616
Belarus24.50%26.69,449,323
Croatia24.40%25.54,105,267
Belize24.10%28.9397,628
Ukraine24.10%2643,733,762
Gibraltar24.00%27.533,691
Spain23.80%26.746,754,778
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines23.70%27.3110,940
Nicaragua23.70%26.96,624,554
Latvia23.60%25.81,886,198
Montenegro23.30%26628,066
Russia23.10%26.5145,934,462
Poland23.10%26.437,846,611
Norway23.10%265,421,241
Barbados23.10%28.7287,375
Saint Kitts And Nevis22.90%29.753,199
Guadeloupe22.90% 400,124
Panama22.70%27.14,314,767
Haiti22.70%24.111,402,528
Luxembourg22.60%26.5625,978
Solomon Islands22.50%25.5686,884
Romania22.50%25.319,237,691
Germany22.30%26.383,783,942
Colombia22.30%25.950,882,891
Finland22.20%25.95,540,720
Brazil22.10%25.9212,559,417
Belgium22.10%25.511,589,623
Greenland22.00% 56,770
Taiwan22.00%2423,816,775
Iceland21.90%25.9341,243
Cyprus21.80%271,207,359
Albania21.70%26.12,877,797
Georgia21.70%27.23,989,167
France21.60%25.365,273,511
Serbia21.50%25.88,737,371
Honduras21.40%26.49,904,607
Papua New Guinea21.30%25.38,947,024
Grenada21.30%27112,523
Guatemala21.20%26.517,915,568
Estonia21.20%25.51,326,535
Kazakhstan21.00%27.418,776,707
Portugal20.80%26.210,196,709
Sweden20.60%25.810,099,265
Mongolia20.60%263,278,290
Slovakia20.50%26.55,459,642
Netherlands20.40%25.417,134,872
Paraguay20.30%25.87,132,538
Slovenia20.20%26.92,078,938
Bolivia20.20%25.911,673,021
Armenia20.20%26.72,963,243
Guyana20.20%26.3786,552
Austria20.10%25.49,006,398
Isle Of Man20.00% 85,033
Italy19.90%2660,461,826
Azerbaijan19.90%27.410,139,177
Ecuador19.90%2717,643,054
Saint Lucia19.70%29.6183,627
Peru19.70%26.332,971,854
Denmark19.70%25.35,792,202
Switzerland19.50%25.38,654,622
Botswana18.90%24.72,351,627
Moldova18.90%26.74,033,963
Antigua And Barbuda18.90%28.197,929
Turkmenistan18.60%26.46,031,200
Trinidad And Tobago18.60%28.71,399,488
Bosnia And Herzegovina17.90%26.13,280,819
French Guiana17.90% 298,682
Namibia17.20%24.32,540,905
Yemen17.10%25.829,825,964
Uzbekistan16.60%26.133,469,203
Lesotho16.60%24.92,142,249
Kyrgyzstan16.60%26.26,524,195
Malaysia15.60%25.332,365,999
Zimbabwe15.50%23.414,862,924
Gabon15.00%25.52,225,734
Tajikistan14.20%25.49,537,645
Brunei14.10%26.2437,479
Seychelles14.00%26.898,347
Djibouti13.50%23.3988,000
Mauritania12.70%24.84,649,658
Sao Tome And Principe12.40%24.8219,159
Cape Verde11.80%24.7555,987
Cameroon11.40%24.426,545,863
Ghana10.90%24.231,072,940
Mauritius10.80%25.61,271,768
Ivory Coast10.30%23.626,378,274
Gambia10.30%242,416,668
Thailand10.00%24.169,799,978
Liberia9.90%245,057,681
Benin9.60%23.412,123,200
Republic Of The Congo9.60%23.35,518,087
Nigeria8.90%23.4206,139,589
Senegal8.80%2316,743,927
Sierra Leone8.70%22.87,976,983
Pakistan8.60%23.8220,892,340
Mali8.60%22.820,250,833
Maldives8.60%25.1540,544
Tanzania8.40%23.159,734,218
Togo8.40%23.28,278,724
Somalia8.30%21.915,893,222
Angola8.20%24.132,866,272
Zambia8.10%22.618,383,955
Equatorial Guinea8.00%25.61,402,985
Comoros7.80%24.1869,601
Guinea7.70%22.713,132,795
Central African Republic7.50%22.44,829,767
Mozambique7.20%22.331,255,435
Martinique7.20% 375,265
Kenya7.10%2353,771,296
Indonesia6.90%22.9273,523,615
North Korea6.80%21.825,778,816
Dr Congo6.70%22.289,561,403
Sudan6.60%25.243,849,260
South Sudan6.60%25.211,193,725
Bhutan6.40%23.8771,608
Philippines6.40%23.2109,581,078
China6.20%23.91,439,323,776
Singapore6.10%23.75,850,342
Chad6.10%22.316,425,864
Rwanda5.80%2212,952,218
Malawi5.80%22.819,129,952
Myanmar5.80%22.654,409,800
Burkina Faso5.60%22.120,903,273
Niger5.50%21.724,206,644
Afghanistan5.50%21.638,928,346
Burundi5.40%20.911,890,784
Uganda5.30%2245,741,007
Madagascar5.30%21.127,691,018
Laos5.30%22.67,275,560
Sri Lanka5.20%2321,413,249
Eritrea5.00%20.53,546,421
South Korea4.70%23.951,269,185
Ethiopia4.50%20.6114,963,588
Japan4.30%22.6126,476,461
Nepal4.10%22.229,136,808
India3.90%21.91,380,004,385
Cambodia3.90%21.916,718,965
Bangladesh3.60%21164,689,383
Vietnam2.10%21.697,338,579