Obesity Rates By Country 2020

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.

Obesity Rates By Country 2020

Country % of Obese Adults Population 2020
Nauru61.00%10,824
Cook Islands55.90%17,564
Palau55.30%18,094
Marshall Islands52.90%59,190
Tuvalu51.60%11,792
Niue50.00%1,626
Tonga48.20%105,695
Samoa47.30%198,414
Kiribati46.00%119,449
Micronesia45.80%115,023
Kuwait37.90%4,270,571
United States36.20%331,002,651
Jordan35.50%10,203,134
Saudi Arabia35.40%34,813,871
Qatar35.10%2,881,053
Lebanon33.70%6,825,445
Libya32.50%6,871,292
Turkey32.10%84,339,067
Egypt32.00%102,334,404
United Arab Emirates31.70%9,890,402
Bahamas31.60%393,244
New Zealand30.80%4,822,233
Iraq30.40%40,222,493
Fiji30.20%896,445
Bahrain29.80%1,701,575
Canada29.40%37,742,154
Australia29.00%25,499,884
Mexico28.90%128,932,753
Malta28.90%441,543
South Africa28.30%59,308,690
Argentina28.30%45,195,774
Chile28.00%19,116,201
Uruguay27.90%3,473,730
Dominica27.90%71,986
United Kingdom27.80%67,886,011
Dominican Republic27.60%10,847,910
Algeria27.40%43,851,044
Oman27.00%5,106,626
Tunisia26.90%11,818,619
Suriname26.40%586,632
Hungary26.40%9,660,351
Lithuania26.30%2,722,289
Morocco26.10%36,910,560
Israel26.10%8,655,535
Czech Republic26.00%10,708,981
Iran25.80%83,992,949
Costa Rica25.70%5,094,118
Venezuela25.60%28,435,940
Andorra25.60%77,265
Ireland25.30%4,937,786
Bulgaria25.00%6,948,445
Greece24.90%10,423,054
Jamaica24.70%2,961,167
El Salvador24.60%6,486,205
Cuba24.60%11,326,616
Belarus24.50%9,449,323
Croatia24.40%4,105,267
Belize24.10%397,628
Ukraine24.10%43,733,762
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines24.10%110,940
Spain23.80%46,754,778
Nicaragua23.70%6,624,554
Latvia23.60%1,886,198
Montenegro23.30%628,066
Russia23.10%145,934,462
Poland23.10%37,846,611
Norway23.10%5,421,241
Barbados23.10%287,375
Saint Kitts And Nevis22.90%53,199
Panama22.70%4,314,767
Haiti22.70%11,402,528
Luxembourg22.60%625,978
Solomon Islands22.50%686,884
Romania22.50%19,237,691
Germany22.30%83,783,942
Colombia22.30%50,882,891
Finland22.20%5,540,720
Brazil22.10%212,559,417
Belgium22.10%11,589,623
Iceland21.90%341,243
Cyprus21.80%1,207,359
Albania21.70%2,877,797
Georgia21.70%3,989,167
France21.60%65,273,511
Serbia21.50%8,737,371
Honduras21.40%9,904,607
Papua New Guinea21.30%8,947,024
Grenada21.30%112,523
Guatemala21.20%17,915,568
Estonia21.20%1,326,535
Kazakhstan21.00%18,776,707
Portugal20.80%10,196,709
Sweden20.60%10,099,265
Mongolia20.60%3,278,290
Slovakia20.50%5,459,642
Netherlands20.40%17,134,872
Paraguay20.30%7,132,538
Slovenia20.20%2,078,938
Bolivia20.20%11,673,021
Armenia20.20%2,963,243
Guyana20.20%786,552
Austria20.10%9,006,398
Italy19.90%60,461,826
Azerbaijan19.90%10,139,177
Ecuador19.90%17,643,054
Saint Lucia19.70%183,627
Peru19.70%32,971,854
Denmark19.70%5,792,202
Switzerland19.50%8,654,622
Botswana18.90%2,351,627
Moldova18.90%4,033,963
Antigua And Barbuda18.90%97,929
Turkmenistan18.60%6,031,200
Trinidad And Tobago18.60%1,399,488
Bosnia And Herzegovina17.90%3,280,819
Namibia17.20%2,540,905
Yemen17.10%29,825,964
Uzbekistan16.60%33,469,203
Lesotho16.60%2,142,249
Kyrgyzstan16.60%6,524,195
Malaysia15.60%32,365,999
Zimbabwe15.50%14,862,924
Gabon15.00%2,225,734
Tajikistan14.20%9,537,645
Seychelles14.00%98,347
Djibouti13.50%988,000
Mauritania12.70%4,649,658
Sao Tome And Principe12.40%219,159
Cameroon11.40%26,545,863
Ghana10.90%31,072,940
Mauritius10.80%1,271,768
Ivory Coast10.30%26,378,274
Gambia10.30%2,416,668
Thailand10.00%69,799,978
Liberia9.90%5,057,681
Benin9.60%12,123,200
Guinea Bissau9.50%1,968,001
Nigeria8.90%206,139,589
Senegal8.80%16,743,927
Sierra Leone8.70%7,976,983
Sudan8.60%43,849,260
South Sudan8.60%11,193,725
Pakistan8.60%220,892,340
Mali8.60%20,250,833
Maldives8.60%540,544
Tanzania8.40%59,734,218
Togo8.40%8,278,724
Somalia8.30%15,893,222
Angola8.20%32,866,272
Zambia8.10%18,383,955
Equatorial Guinea8.00%1,402,985
Comoros7.80%869,601
Guinea7.70%13,132,795
Central African Republic7.50%4,829,767
Mozambique7.20%31,255,435
Kenya7.10%53,771,296
Indonesia6.90%273,523,615
North Korea6.80%25,778,816
Dr Congo6.70%89,561,403
Bhutan6.40%771,608
Philippines6.40%109,581,078
China6.20%1,439,323,776
Singapore6.10%5,850,342
Chad6.10%16,425,864
Rwanda5.80%12,952,218
Malawi5.80%19,129,952
Myanmar5.80%54,409,800
Burkina Faso5.60%20,903,273
Niger5.50%24,206,644
Afghanistan5.50%38,928,346
Burundi5.40%11,890,784
Uganda5.30%45,741,007
Madagascar5.30%27,691,018
Laos5.30%7,275,560
Sri Lanka5.20%21,413,249
Eritrea5.00%3,546,421
South Korea4.70%51,269,185
Ethiopia4.50%114,963,588
Japan4.30%126,476,461
Nepal4.10%29,136,808
India3.90%1,380,004,385
Cambodia3.90%16,718,965
Bangladesh3.60%164,689,383
Vietnam2.10%97,338,579