Most Obese Countries 2021

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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 life expectancy, 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 is one of the leading causes of preventable death.

Obesity isn't just limited to one part of the world. Obesity exists in every country. However, some countries 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 most developed countries in the world are the most obese, this isn't always the case. The United States and the United Kingdom are two of the most economically rich and developed countries globally. 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 the world have obesity rates lower than 2%. The five least obese countries in the World are Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Eritrea, Madagascar.

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 traditional 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 countries 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)

Because of the multiple health complications of obesity, it can be used as a major overall health indicator of a population. The healthiest countries in the world generally have lower obesity rates.

Here are the 10 most obese countries by obesity rate:

  1. American Samoa (74.60%)
  2. Tokelau (74.40%)
  3. Nauru (61.00%)
  4. Cook Islands (55.90%)
  5. Palau (55.30%)
  6. Marshall Islands (52.90%)
  7. Tuvalu (51.60%)
  8. Niue (50.00%)
  9. Tonga (48.20%)
  10. Samoa (47.30%)

Most Obese Countries 2021

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Most Obese Countries 2021

Country Obesity Rate BMI Population 2021
American Samoa74.60%34.955,100
Tokelau74.40%1,373
Nauru61.00%32.510,876
Cook Islands55.90%3317,565
Palau55.30%29.418,169
Marshall Islands52.90%29.259,610
Tuvalu51.60%29.311,931
Niue50.00%1,619
Tonga48.20%31.9106,760
Samoa47.30%31.7200,149
Kiribati46.00%29.6121,392
Micronesia45.80%29.4116,254
Aruba38.20%107,204
Kuwait37.90%304,328,550
Cayman Islands36.60%66,497
United States36.20%28.8332,915,073
British Virgin Islands35.50%30,421
Jordan35.50%28.910,269,021
Saudi Arabia35.40%28.535,340,683
Qatar35.10%29.22,930,528
Bermuda34.40%62,090
Guam34.30%170,179
French Polynesia33.10%282,530
Curacao33.00%164,798
Puerto Rico32.90%2,828,255
United States Virgin Islands32.50%104,226
Libya32.50%27.76,958,532
Turkey32.10%27.885,042,738
Lebanon32.00%27.86,769,146
Egypt32.00%29.2104,258,327
United Arab Emirates31.70%28.89,991,089
Bahamas31.60%28.4396,913
New Caledonia31.50%288,218
New Zealand30.80%27.94,860,643
Iraq30.40%2841,179,350
Fiji30.20%27.2902,906
Macau30.00%658,394
Hong Kong29.90%7,552,810
Bahrain29.80%28.21,748,296
Canada29.40%27.238,067,903
Northern Mariana Islands29.20%57,917
Australia29.00%27.225,788,215
Malta28.90%27.2442,784
Mexico28.90%28.1130,262,216
Argentina28.30%27.745,605,826
South Africa28.30%27.360,041,994
Chile28.00%27.819,212,361
Dominica27.90%2772,167
Uruguay27.90%26.83,485,151
Syria27.80%28.118,275,702
United Kingdom27.80%27.368,207,116
Dominican Republic27.60%26.710,953,703
Algeria27.40%26.244,616,624
Oman27.00%26.95,223,375
Tunisia26.90%26.811,935,766
Palestine26.80%27.65,222,748
Suriname26.40%27.4591,800
Hungary26.40%26.39,634,164
Lithuania26.30%26.62,689,862
Israel26.10%26.38,789,774
Morocco26.10%25.637,344,795
Czech Republic26.00%26.910,724,555
Iran25.80%26.285,028,759
Costa Rica25.70%26.95,139,052
Andorra25.60%27.577,355
Venezuela25.60%27.228,704,954
Ireland25.30%27.54,982,907
Vanuatu25.20%26.2314,464
Bulgaria25.00%266,896,663
Greece24.90%27.310,370,744
Jamaica24.70%27.42,973,463
El Salvador24.60%27.46,518,499
Cuba24.60%26.211,317,505
Belarus24.50%26.69,442,862
Croatia24.40%25.54,081,651
Belize24.10%28.9404,914
Ukraine24.10%2643,466,819
Gibraltar24.00%27.533,698
Spain23.80%26.746,745,216
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines23.70%27.3111,263
Nicaragua23.70%26.96,702,385
Latvia23.60%25.81,866,942
Montenegro23.30%26628,053
Barbados23.10%28.7287,711
Norway23.10%265,465,630
Poland23.10%26.437,797,005
Russia23.10%26.5145,912,025
Saint Kitts And Nevis22.90%29.753,544
Guadeloupe22.90%400,020
Panama22.70%27.14,381,579
Haiti22.70%24.111,541,685
Luxembourg22.60%26.5634,814
Solomon Islands22.50%25.5703,996
Romania22.50%25.319,127,774
Macedonia22.40%25.82,082,658
Colombia22.30%25.951,265,844
Germany22.30%26.383,900,473
Finland22.20%25.95,548,360
Belgium22.10%25.511,632,326
Brazil22.10%25.9213,993,437
Greenland22.00%56,877
Taiwan22.00%2423,855,010
Iceland21.90%25.9343,353
Cyprus21.80%271,215,584
Albania21.70%26.12,872,933
Georgia21.70%27.23,979,765
France21.60%25.365,426,179
Serbia21.50%25.88,697,550
Honduras21.40%26.410,062,991
Grenada21.30%27113,021
Papua New Guinea21.30%25.39,119,010
Estonia21.20%25.51,325,185
Guatemala21.20%26.518,249,860
Kazakhstan21.00%27.418,994,962
Portugal20.80%26.210,167,925
Mongolia20.60%263,329,289
Sweden20.60%25.810,160,169
Slovakia20.50%26.55,460,721
Netherlands20.40%25.417,173,099
Paraguay20.30%25.87,219,638
Guyana20.20%26.3790,326
Slovenia20.20%26.92,078,724
Armenia20.20%26.72,968,127
Bolivia20.20%25.911,832,940
Austria20.10%25.49,043,070
Isle Of Man20.00%85,410
Azerbaijan19.90%27.410,223,342
Ecuador19.90%2717,888,475
Italy19.90%2660,367,477
Saint Lucia19.70%29.6184,400
Denmark19.70%25.35,813,298
Peru19.70%26.333,359,418
Switzerland19.50%25.38,715,494
Antigua And Barbuda18.90%28.198,731
Botswana18.90%24.72,397,241
Moldova18.90%26.74,024,019
Trinidad And Tobago18.60%28.71,403,375
Turkmenistan18.60%26.46,117,924
French Guiana17.90%306,448
Bosnia And Herzegovina17.90%26.13,263,466
Namibia17.20%24.32,587,344
Yemen17.10%25.830,490,640
Lesotho16.60%24.92,159,079
Kyrgyzstan16.60%26.26,628,356
Uzbekistan16.60%26.133,935,763
Malaysia15.60%25.332,776,194
Zimbabwe15.50%23.415,092,171
Gabon15.00%25.52,278,825
Swaziland14.80% 1,172,362
Tajikistan14.20%25.49,749,627
Brunei14.10%26.2441,532
Seychelles14.00%26.898,908
Djibouti13.50%23.31,002,187
Mauritania12.70%24.84,775,119
Sao Tome And Principe12.40%24.8223,368
Cape Verde11.80%24.7561,898
Cameroon11.40%24.427,224,265
Ghana10.90%24.231,732,129
Mauritius10.80%25.61,273,433
Gambia10.30%242,486,945
Ivory Coast10.30%23.627,053,629
Thailand10.00%24.169,950,850
Liberia9.90%245,180,203
Republic Of The Congo9.60%23.35,657,013
Benin9.60%23.412,451,040
Guinea Bissau9.50%23.12,015,494
Nigeria8.90%23.4211,400,708
Senegal8.80%2317,196,301
Sierra Leone8.70%22.88,141,343
Maldives8.60%25.1543,617
Mali8.60%22.820,855,735
Pakistan8.60%23.8225,199,937
Togo8.40%23.28,478,250
Tanzania8.40%23.161,498,437
Somalia8.30%21.916,359,504
Angola8.20%24.133,933,610
Zambia8.10%22.618,920,651
Equatorial Guinea8.00%25.61,449,896
Comoros7.80%24.1888,451
Guinea7.70%22.713,497,244
Central African Republic7.50%22.44,919,981
Martinique7.20%374,745
Mozambique7.20%22.332,163,047
Kenya7.10%2354,985,698
Indonesia6.90%22.9276,361,783
North Korea6.80%21.825,887,041
Dr Congo6.70%22.292,377,993
South Sudan6.60%25.211,381,378
Sudan6.60%25.244,909,353
Bhutan6.40%23.8779,898
Philippines6.40%23.2111,046,913
China6.20%23.91,444,216,107
Singapore6.10%23.75,896,686
Chad6.10%22.316,914,985
Rwanda5.80%2213,276,513
Malawi5.80%22.819,647,684
Myanmar5.80%22.654,806,012
Burkina Faso5.60%22.121,497,096
Niger5.50%21.725,130,817
Afghanistan5.50%21.639,835,428
Burundi5.40%20.912,255,433
Laos5.30%22.67,379,358
Madagascar5.30%21.128,427,328
Uganda5.30%2247,123,531
Sri Lanka5.20%2321,497,310
Eritrea5.00%20.53,601,467
South Korea4.70%23.951,305,186
Ethiopia4.50%20.6117,876,227
Japan4.30%22.6126,050,804
Nepal4.10%22.229,674,920
Cambodia3.90%21.916,946,438
India3.90%21.91,393,409,038
Timor Leste3.80%21.21,343,873
Bangladesh3.60%21166,303,498
Vietnam2.10%21.698,168,833

Most Obese Countries 2021