Global Obesity Levels


I. Overview

II. Top 10 Most Obese Countries

III. Global Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2014

IV. Sources
 I. Overview
According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Obesity: Situation and Trends," global obesity almost doubled between 1980 and 2008, resulting in more than 200 million obese men and almost 300 million obese women, 11% of adults worldwide, in 2008. 65% of the world's population lives in countries where being overweight or obese kills more people than being underweight. [1]

Obesity is usually determined by BMI (body mass index) measurements. Someone with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

The numbers below are from the WHO "Overweight/Obesity, 2014: Prevalence of Obesity" chart, accessed on Apr. 18, 2016. [2] As of Apr. 18, 2016, the most recent year for global obesity data from this source was 2014.

 II. Top 10 Most Obese Countries


Top 10 Most Obese Countries: 2014
Rank Country % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
1 Cook Islands 50.8%
2 Palau 47.6%
3 Nauru 45.6%
4 Samoa 43.4%
5 Tonga 43.3%
6 Niue 43.2%
7 Marshall Islands 42.8%
8 Qatar 42.3%
9 Kiribati 40.6%
10 Tuvalu 40.3%
Top 10 Most Obese OECD Countries: 2014
Rank Country % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
1 United States 33.7%
2 New Zealand 29.2%
3 Australia 28.6%
4 United Kingdom 28.1%
4 Mexico 28.1%
6 Canada 28.0%
6 Chile 27.8%
8 Czech Republic 26.8%
9 Slovakia 25.7%
10 Ireland 25.6%




III. Global Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2014


Rank Country* % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
1 Cook Islands 50.8%
2 Palau 47.6%
3 Nauru 45.6%
4 Samoa 43.4%
5 Tonga 43.3%
6 Niue 43.2%
7 Marshall Islands 42.8%
8 Qatar 42.3%
9 Kiribati 40.6%
10 Tuvalu 40.3%
11 Kuwait 39.7%
12 Federated States of Micronesia 37.2%
12 United Arab Emirates 37.2%
14 Fiji 36.4%
15 Bahamas 36.2%
16 Vanuatu 35.4%
17 Bahrain 35.1%
18 Saudi Arabia 34.7%
19 United States of America 33.7%
20 Libya 33.1%
21 Lebanon 31.9%
22 Barbados 31.3%
23 Trinidad and Tobago 31.1%
24 Antigua and Barbuda 30.9%
24 Oman 30.9%
26 Jordan 30.5%
27 Turkey 29.5%
27 Andorra 29.5%
29 New Zealand 29.2%
30 Egypt 28.9%
31 Australia 28.6%
32 Saint Kitts and Nevis 28.3%
33 United Kingdom 28.1%
33 Mexico 28.1%
35 Canada 28.0%
36 Papua New Guinea 27.9%
37 Chile 27.8%
38 Solomon Islands 27.7%
39 Jamaica 27.2%
40 Tunisia 27.1%
41 Saint Lucia 26.9%
42 South Africa 26.8%
42 Panama 26.8%
42 Czech Republic 26.8%
45 Uruguay 26.7%
46 Malta 26.6%
47 Seychelles 26.3%
47 Argentina 26.3%
49 Grenada 26.2%
50 Islamic Republic of Iran 26.1%
50 Suriname 26.1%
52 Lithuania 25.9%
53 Dominica 25.8%
54 Slovakia 25.7%
55 Ireland 25.6%
56 Israel 25.3%
57 Cuba 25.2%
57 Poland 25.2%
59 Slovenia 25.1%
60 Algeria 24.8%
60 Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 24.8%
62 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 24.3%
62 Costa Rica 24.3%
64 Russian Federation 24.1%
65 Hungary 24.0%
66 France 23.9%
66 Dominican Republic 23.9%
68 Cyprus 23.8%
68 Iraq 23.8%
70 Spain 23.7%
70 Latvia 23.7%
72 Syrian Arab Republic 23.5%
73 Kazakhstan 23.4%
73 Belarus 23.4%
75 Croatia 23.3%
76 Bulgaria 23.2%
77 Norway 23.1%
77 Luxembourg 23.1%
79 Guyana 22.9%
79 Greece 22.9%
81 Iceland 22.8%
82 Estonia 22.6%
83 Belize 22.5%
83 Azerbaijan 22.5%
85 Botswana 22.4%
86 Morocco 22.3%
87 El Salvador 21.8%
88 Romania 21.7%
89 Peru 21.1%
90 Italy 21.0%
90 Colombia 21.0%
92 Georgia 20.8%
93 Finland 20.6%
94 Sweden 20.5%
95

Belgium

20.2%

95

Ukraine 20.1%
Rank Country % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
95 Germany 20.1%
95 Portugal 20.1%
95 Turkmenistan 20.1%
100 Montenegro 20.0%
100 Brazil 20.0%
102 Netherlands 19.8%
103 The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 19.6%
104 Serbia 19.5%
104 Armenia 19.5%
106 Switzerland 19.4%
107 Denmark 19.3%
108 Namibia 18.9%
109 Ecuador 18.7%
110 Guatemala 18.6%
111 Austria 18.4%
112 Honduras 18.2%
113 Brunei Darussalam 18.1%
114 Mauritius 17.9%
114 Bosnia and Herzegovina 17.9%
116 Swaziland 17.7%
117 Albania 17.6%
117 Gabon 17.6%
119 Equatorial Guinea 17.5%
120 Yemen 17.2%
121 Nicaragua 17.1%
121 Plurinational State of Bolivia 17.1%
123 Mongolia 16.7%
124 Paraguay 16.3%
125 Izbekistan 15.5%
126 Republic of Moldova 14.9%
127 Kyrgyzstan 14.4%
128 Lesotho 14.2%
129 Tajikistan 13.6%
130 Malaysia 13.3%
131 Cabo Verde 13.0%
132 Sao Tome and Principe 12.3%
133 Ghana 12.2%
134 Haiti 11.9%
135 Cameroon 11.4%
136 Congo 11.0%
136 Nigeria 11.0%
138 Gambia 10.9%
139 Zimbabwe 10.5%
140 Angola 10.2%
141 Senegal 9.8%
142 Mauritania 9.7%
143 Djibouti 9.6%
144 Benin 9.3%
145 Cote d'Ivoire 9.2%
146 Zambia 8.9%
147 Thailand 8.5%
148 Chad 8.1%
149 Maldives 7.9%
150 Sierra Leone 7.6%
151 Togo 7.5%
151 Sudan 7.5%
151 South Sudan 7.5%
154 Guinea-Bissau 7.2%
155 United Republic of Tanzania 7.1%
156 Kenya 7.0%
157 China 6.9%
158 Guinea 6.8%
158 Mali 6.8%
160 Bhutan 6.7%
161 Liberia 6.6%
161 Comoros 6.6%
163 Sri Lanka 6.5%
164 Burkina Faso 6.3%
165 Singapore 6.2%
166 Republic of Korea 5.8%
167 Indonesia 5.7%
168 Pakistan 5.4%
168 Madagascar 5.4%
170 Malawi 5.3%
170 Mozambique 5.3%
172 Central African Republic 5.1%
172 Philippines 5.1%
174 India 4.9%
174 Uganda 4.9%
176 Somalia 4.6%
177 Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.4%
178 Niger 4.3%
179 Eritrea 4.1%
180 Ethiopia 4.0%
180 Rwanda 4.0%
182 Viet Nam 3.6%
182 Bangladesh 3.6%
184 Lao People's Democratic Republic 3.5%
185 Japan 3.3%
185 Nepal 3.3%
187 Cambodia 3.2%
188 Myanmar 2.9%
188 Afghanistan 2.9%
190 Burundi 2.6%
191

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

2.4%

192

Timor-Leste

2.2%


*No data available for San Marino or Monaco.

IV. Sources:

1. World Health Organization, "Obesity: Situation and Trends," www.who.int, 2014

2. World Health Organization, "Overweight/Obesity, 2014: Prevalence of Obesity, Ages 20+, Age Standardized: Both Sexes," www.who.int (accessed Apr. 18, 2016)