United States Named Among Top 20 Obese Countries In The World; Here’s The Full List

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.

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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

  1. American Samoa
  2. Nauru
  3. Cook Islands
  4. Tokelau
  5. Tonga
  6. Samoa
  7. Palau
  8. Kiribati
  9. Marshall Islands
  10. Kuwait
  11. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  12. Micronesia
  13. The Bahamas
  14. Barbados
  15. Belize
  16. Qatar
  17. Egypt
  18. United States
  19. Saudi Arabia
  20. Bahrain

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

  1. Ethiopia
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Nepal
  4. Eritrea
  5. Madagascar
  6. Vietnam
  7. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  8. India
  9. Cambodia
  10. Afghanistan
  11. Burkina Faso
  12. Niger
  13. Laos
  14. Timor-Leste
  15. Chad
  16. Burundi
  17. Central African Republic
  18. Zambia
  19. North Korea
  20. Burma


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