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List of countries by proportion of obese people

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The following list sorts countries by the proportion of their adult population with obesity. Obesity is defined as a body mass index of 30 or more. All data are from the World Health Organization.[1] The percentage and total number of obese people worldwide has risen sharply in recent decades.[2] In 2014, 1.9 billion people worldwide were overweight (BMI over 25) and approximately 600 million people were severely overweight (BMI over 30).[3]

Methodology

The body mass index is calculated as follows:

where




m


{displaystyle m}

the body mass (in kilograms) and




l


{displaystyle l}

is the body height (in meters).
A BMI value above 25 is considered overweight, and a value above 30 is considered obesity[4] or severe overweight.
The criticism is that this calculation method does not include muscle mass and the proportion of body fat.

List of countries/territories

Source is WHO (as of 2014), countries are sorted by the proportion of the adult population with a BMI above 30.[5][6]

Proportion of obese (severely overweight) persons in %[5][6]

Rank Country Percentage of obese (severely overweight)
(Total)
1 Cook IslandsCookinseln Cook Islands 50,8 %
2 PalauPalau Palau 47,6 %
3 NauruNauru Nauru 45,6 %
4 SamoaSamoa Samoa 43,4 %
5 TongaTonga Tonga 43,3 %
6 Marshall IslandsMarshallinseln Marshall Islands 42,8 %
7 QatarKatar Qatar 42,3 %
8 TuvaluTuvalu Tuvalu 40,3 %
9 KuwaitKuwait Kuwait 39,7 %
11 Micronesia Foderated StatesMikronesien Micronesia 37,2 %
11 United Arab EmiratesVereinigte Arabische Emirate United Arab Emirates 37,2 %
13 FijiFidschi Fiji 36,4 %
14 BahamasBahamas Bahamas 36,2 %
15 VanuatuVanuatu Vanuatu 35,4 %
16 BahrainBahrain Bahrain 35,1 %
17 Saudi ArabiaSaudi-Arabien Saudi Arabia 34,7 %
18 United StatesVereinigte Staaten United States 33,7 %
19 LibyaLibyen Libya 33,1 %
20 LebanonLibanon Lebanon 31,9 %
21 BarbadosBarbados Barbados 31,3 %
22 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad und Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 31,1 %
23 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua und Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 30,9 %
23 OmanOman Oman 30,9 %
25 JordanJordanien Jordan 30,5 %
26 AndorraAndorra Andorra 29,5 %
26 TurkeyTürkei Turkey 29,5 %
28 New ZealandNeuseeland New Zealand 29,2 %
29 EgyptÄgypten Egypt 28,9 %
30 AustraliaAustralien Australia 28,6 %
31 Saint Kitts NevisSt. Kitts Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 28,3 %
32 MexicoMexiko Mexico 28,1 %
32 United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich United Kingdom 28,1 %
34 CanadaKanada Canada 28,0 %
35 Papua New GuineaPapua-Neuguinea Papua New Guinea 27,9 %
36 ChileChile Chile 27,8 %
37 Solomon IslandsSalomonen Solomon Islands 27,7 %
38 JamaicaJamaika Jamaica 27,2 %
39 TunisiaTunesien Tunisia 27,1 %
40 Saint LuciaSt. Lucia Saint Lucia 26,9 %
41 PanamaPanama Panama 26,8 %
41 Sud AfricaSüdafrika South Africa 26,8 %
41 CzechRepublicTschechien Czech Republic 26,8 %
44 UruguayUruguay Uruguay 26,7 %
45 MaltaMalta Malta 26,6 %
46 ArgentinaArgentinien Argentina 26,3 %
46 SeychellesSeychellen Seychelles 26,3 %
48 GrenadaGrenada Grenada 26,2 %
49 IranIran Iran 26,1 %
49 SurinameSuriname Suriname 26,1 %
51 LithuaniaLitauen Lithuania 25,9 %
52 DominicaDominica Dominica 25,8 %
53 SlovakiaSlowakei Slovakia 25,7 %
54 IrelandIrland Ireland 25,6 %
55 IsraelIsrael Israel 25,3 %
56 CubaKuba Cuba 25,2 %
56 PolandPolen Poland 25,2 %
58 SloveniaSlowenien Slovenia 25,1 %
59 AlgeriaAlgerien Algeria 24,8 %
59 VenezuelaVenezuela Venezuela 24,8 %
61 Costa RicaCosta Rica Costa Rica 24,3 %
61 Saint Vincent GrenadinesSt. Vincent und die Grenadinen Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 24,3 %
63 RussiaRussland Russia 24,1 %
64 HungaryUngarn Hungary 24,0 %
65 Dominican RepublicDominikanische Republik Dominican Republic 23,9 %
65 FranceFrankreich France 23,9 %
67 IraqIrak Iraq 23,8 %
68 LatviaLettland Latvia 23,7 %
68 SpainSpanien Spain 23,7 %
70 SyriaSyrien Syria 23,5 %
71 KazakhstanKasachstan Kazakhstan 23,4 %
71 BelarusWeißrussland Belarus 23,4 %
73 CroatiaKroatien Croatia 23,3 %
74 BulgariaBulgarien Bulgaria 23,2 %
75 LuxembourgLuxemburg Luxembourg 23,1 %
75 NorwayNorwegen Norway 23,1 %
77 GreeceGriechenland Greece 22,9 %
77 GuyanaGuyana Guyana 22,9 %
79 IcelandIsland Iceland 22,8 %
80 EstoniaEstland Estonia 22,6 %
81 AzerbaijanAserbaidschan Azerbaijan 22,5 %
81 BelizeBelize Belize 22,5 %
83 BotswanaBotswana Botswana 22,4 %
84 MoroccoMarokko Morocco 22,3 %
85 El SalvadorEl Salvador El Salvador 21,8 %
86 RomaniaRumänien Romania 21,7 %
87 PeruPeru Peru 21,1 %
88 ItalyItalien Italy 21,0 %
88 ColombiaKolumbien Colombia 21,0 %
90 GeorgiaGeorgien Georgia 20,8 %
91 FinlandFinnland Finland 20,6 %
92 SwedenSchweden Sweden 20,5 %
93 BelgiumBelgien Belgium 20,2 %
94 GermanyDeutschland Germany 20,1 %
94 PortugalPortugal Portugal 20,1 %
94 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan Turkmenistan 20,1 %
94 UkraineUkraine Ukraine 20,1 %
98 BrazilBrasilien Brazil 20,0 %
98 MontenegroMontenegro Montenegro 20,0 %
100 NetherlandsNiederlande Netherlands 19,8 %
101 North MacedoniaNordmazedonien North Macedonia 19,6 %
102 ArmeniaArmenien Armenia 19,5 %
102 SerbiaSerbien Serbia 19,5 %
104 SwitzerlandSchweiz Switzerland 19,4 %
105 DenmarkDänemark Denmark 19,3 %
106 NamibiaNamibia Namibia 18,9 %
107 EcuadorEcuador Ecuador 18,7 %
108 GuatemalaGuatemala Guatemala 18,6 %
109 AustriaÖsterreich Austria 18,4 %
110 HondurasHonduras Honduras 18,2 %
111 BruneiBrunei Brunei 18,1 %
112 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnien und Herzegowina Bosnia and Herzegovina 17,9 %
112 MauritiusMauritius Mauritius 17,9 %
114 EswatiniEswatini Eswatini 17,7 %
115 AlbaniaAlbanien Albania 17,6 %
115 GabonGabun Gabon 17,6 %
117 Equatorial GuineaÄquatorialguinea Equatorial Guinea 17,5 %
118 YemenJemen Yemen 17,2 %
119 BoliviaBolivien Bolivia 17,1 %
119 NicaraguaNicaragua Nicaragua 17,1 %
121 MongoliaMongolei Mongolia 16,7 %
122 ParaguayParaguay Paraguay 16,3 %
123 UzbekistanUsbekistan Uzbekistan 15,5 %
124 Moldova RepublicRepublik Moldau Moldova 14,9 %
125 KyrgyzstanKirgisistan Kyrgyzstan 14,4 %
126 LesothoLesotho Lesotho 14,2 %
127 TajikistanTadschikistan Tajikistan 13,6 %
128 MalaysiaMalaysia Malaysia 13,3 %
World average 13,0 %
129 Cape VerdeKap Verde Cape Verde 13,0 %
130 Sao Tome and PrincipeSão Tomé und Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 12,3 %
131 GhanaGhana Ghana 12,2 %
132 HaitiHaiti Haiti 11,9 %
133 CameroonKamerun Cameroon 11,4 %
134 Congo RepublicRepublik Kongo Republic of Congo 11,0 %
134 NigeriaNigeria Nigeria 11,0 %
136 GambiaGambia Gambia 10,9 %
137 ZimbabweSimbabwe Zimbabwe 10,5 %
138 AngolaAngola Angola 10,2 %
139 SenegalSenegal Senegal 9,8 %
140 MauritaniaMauretanien Mauritania 9,7 %
141 DjiboutiDschibuti Djibouti 9,6 %
142 BeninBenin Benin 9,3 %
143 Ivory CoastElfenbeinküste Ivory Coast 9,2 %
144 ZambiaSambia Zambia 8,9 %
145 ThailandThailand Thailand 8,5 %
146 ChadTschad Chad 8,1 %
147 MaldivesMalediven Maldives 7,9 %
148 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone Sierra Leone 7,6 %
149 SudanSudan Sudan 7,5 %
149 TogoTogo Togo 7,5 %
151 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 7,2 %
152 TanzaniaTansania Tanzania 7,1 %
153 KenyaKenia Kenya 7,0 %
154 China People’s RepublicVolksrepublik China People’s Republic of China 6,9 %
155 Guinea-aGuinea Guinea 6,8 %
155 MaliMali Mali 6,8 %
157 BhutanBhutan Bhutan 6,7 %
158 ComorosKomoren Comoros 6,6 %
158 LiberiaLiberia Liberia 6,6 %
160 Sri LankaSri Lanka Sri Lanka 6,5 %
161 SingaporeSingapur Singapore 6,3 %
162 Korea SudSüdkorea South Korea 5,8 %
163 IndonesiaIndonesien Indonesia 5,7 %
164 MadagascarMadagaskar Madagascar 5,4 %
164 PakistanPakistan Pakistan 5,4 %
166 MalawiMalawi Malawi 5,3 %
166 MozambiqueMosambik Mozambique 5,3 %
168 PhilippinesPhilippinen Philippines 5,1 %
168 Central African RepublicZentralafrikanische Republik Central African Republic 5,1 %
170 IndiaIndien India 4,9 %
170 UgandaUganda Uganda 4,9 %
171 SomaliaSomalia Somalia 4,6 %
172 Congo Democratic RepublicDemokratische Republik Kongo Democratic RepublicofCongo 4,4 %
173 NigerNiger Niger 4,3 %
174 EritreaEritrea Eritrea 4,1 %
175 AthiopiaÄthiopien Ethiopia 4,0 %
175 RwandaRuanda Rwanda 4,0 %
177 BangladeshBangladesch Bangladesh 3,6 %
177 VietnamVietnam Vietnam 3,6 %
179 LaosLaos Laos 3,5 %
180 JapanJapan Japan 3,3 %
180 NepalNepal Nepal 3,3 %
182 CambodiaKambodscha Cambodia 3,2 %
183 AfghanistanAfghanistan Afghanistan 2,9 %
183 MyanmarMyanmar Myanmar 2,9 %
185 BurundiBurundi Burundi 2,6 %
186 Korea NorthNordkorea North Korea 2,4 %
187 East TimorOsttimor East Timor 2,2 %

See also

  • List of countries by proportion of undernourished people

Individual references

  1. World Health Organization.Retrieved 22 June 2017 (British English).
  2. SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg Germany:Overweight: Worldwide there are more fat than thin people – SPIEGEL ONLINE – Gesundheit.Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  3. Obesity and overweight.Retrieved 24 June 2017 (British English).
  4. World Health Organization.Retrieved 18 January 2018 (British English).
  5. a b Global Obesity Levels – Obesity – ProCon.org.Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  6. a b Overweight and obesity.Retrieved 22 June 2017 (British English).