By 2015, a total of 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults were obese.
Since 1980, the prevalence of obesity has doubled in more than 70 countries and has continuously increased in most other countries.
Although the prevalence of obesity among children has been lower than that among adults, the rate of increase in childhood obesity in many countries has been greater than the rate of increase in adult obesity, according to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Telegraph reports that of the world’s 20 most densely populated countries, Egypt has the biggest weight problem. The United States, where 33 per cent are considered to be obese, is 18th on the list, and the United Kingdom (26.9 per cent) is 43rd.
The 20 Most Obese Places In The World
- American Samoa
- Cook Islands
- Marshall Islands
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- The Bahamas
- United States
- Saudi Arabia
At the other end of the scale, Asian and African countries dominate. Fewer than two per cent of the populations Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Eritrea, Madagascar, Vietnam, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and India are considered to be obese.
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Japan and China are also relatively low on the list, at 157th and 152nd, respectively, while the least obese European country is Switzerland, at 111th, followed by France (108th), Denmark (107th) and Sweden (104th).
The 20 Least Obese Countries In The World
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- North Korea