Last updated on: 8/5/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

US and Global Obesity Levels: The Fat Chart

For updated obesity levels, please visit: US Obesity Levels by State and Global Obesity Levels

I.OverviewUS and Global Obesity Levels: The Fat Chart
II.Top 10 Most Obese Countries
III.US Obesity Levels and Rankings by State, 2010
IV.Global Obesity Map
V.92 Country Global Obesity and Overweight Chart

 

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

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from 1960-2006 “the percentage of obese adults ages 20 years and older more than doubled, increasing from 13% to 35%.” Between 1980 and 2008 the average body mass index (BMI) increased globally by 0.4 per decade for men and 0.5 per decade for women. [2] [5]

Currently, 21.8% of the total global population [5] and 33.9% of the US population is obese. [1] [4]

 

 

II. Top 10 Most Obese Countries (Year of most recent statistics noted in parentheses; data from the World Health Organization.) [7]
 
Top 10 Countries on Earth% Who Are Obese
 
1.Nauru (1994)78.5%
2.American Samoa (2007)74.6%
3.Tokelau (2007)63.4%
4.Tonga (2000)56.0%
5.Kiribati (2006)50.6%
6.French Polynesia (1995)40.9%
7.Saudi Arabia (2000)35.6%
8.Panama (1999)34.7%
9.United States of America (2006)33.9%
10.United Arab Emirates (2000)33.7%
Top 10 “Industrialized” Countries% Who Are Obese
 
1.United States of America (2006)33.9%
2.New Zealand (2007)26.5%
3.Canada (2004)23.1%
4.Israel (2001)22.9%
5.United Kingdom (2002)22.7%
6.Greece (2003)22.5%
7.Lithuania (2006)19.7%
8.Poland (2001)18.0%
9.Hungary (2004)17.7%
10.France (2007)16.9%

 

III. US Obesity Levels and Rankings by State, 2010 (Data from the Centers for Disease Control.) [3]

 

Alabama #332.2%Illinois #1928.2%Montana #4523.0%Rhode Island #3225.5%
Alaska #3824.5%Indiana #1429.6%Nebraska #2526.9%South Carolina #431.5%
Arizona #3924.3%Iowa #1828.4%Nevada #4922.4%South Dakota #2227.3%
Arkansas #1230.1%Kansas #1529.4%New Hampshire #3625.0%Tennessee #930.8%
California #4024.0%Kentucky #531.3%New Jersey #4223.8%Texas #731.0%
Colorado #5121.0%Louisiana #631.0%New Mexico #3425.1%Utah #4822.5%
Connecticut #4722.5%Maine #2626.8%New York #4123.9%Vermont #4323.2%
Delaware #2028.0%Maryland #2427.1%North Carolina #2127.8%Virginia #3126.0%
DC #5022.2%Massachusetts #4423.0%North Dakota #2327.2%Washington #3325.5%
Florida #2826.6%Michigan #830.9%Ohio #1629.2%West Virginia #232.5%
Georgia #1329.6%Minnesota #3724.8%Oklahoma #1130.4%Wisconsin #3026.3%
Hawaii #4622.7%Mississippi #134.0%Oregon #2726.8%Wyoming #3525.1%
Idaho #2926.5%Missouri #1030.5%Pennsylvania #1728.6%  

 

 
IV. Global Obesity Map (Data from the World Health Organization.) [7]

 

Map Legend: The darkest red areas on the map (Pacific islands) represent obesity rates of 40% or more. The next darkest areas (US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Panama, and United Arab Emirates) represent obesity rates of 30-40%. Progressively lighter colors represent 20-30% obesity rates, 10-20% obesity rates, 5-10% obesity rates, and 0-5% obesity rates. The grey areas are not represented on the scale.

 

 
V. 92 Country Global Obesity and Overweight Chart (Year of most recent statistics noted in parentheses; data from the World Health Organization.) [8]

 

Country% Who Are Overweight
(BMI of 25 or greater)
Rank
(out of 74)
% Who Are Obese
(BMI of 30 or greater)
Rank
(out of 88)
Respective Years for Data
American Samoa93.5%#174.6%#22004, 2007
Australia49.0%#3216.4%#352005, 2005
Austria42.0%#4911.0%#642008, 2008
Bahrain61.2%#1428.9%#121999, 1999
Barbados60.4%#16N/AN/A2001, N/A
Belgium44.1%#4310.8%#652004, 2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina62.9%#1021.7%#242002, 2002
Brazil40.6%#5211.1%#632003, 2003
Bulgaria46.0%#3712.4%#572001, 2001
Canada59.1%#1823.1%#182004, 2004
Chile59.7%#1721.9%#232003, 2003
China18.9%#642.9%#822002, 2002
Colombia46.0%#3813.7%#532007, 2007
Croatia61.4%#1322.3%#222003, 2003
Cuba42.5%#4811.8%#612002, 2002
Cyprus46.0%#3912.3%#592003, 2003
Czech Republic51.7%#3015.1%#462002, 2002
Denmark41.7%#5011.4%#622000, 2006
Dominican RepublicN/AN/A16.4%#36N/A, 1998
Egypt66.0%#830.3%#112006, 2006
Eritrea13.7%#663.3%#782004, 2004
Estonia42.8%#4614.4%#482004, 2004
Fiji56.2%#2323.9%#162004, 2004
Finland48.8%#3315.7%#422008, 2008
France49.3%#3116.9%#342007, 2007
French Polynesia73.7%#340.9%#61995, 1995
Gambia10.4%#692.3%#841996, 1996
Germany66.5%#712.9%#562003, 2003
Ghana11.2%#683.1%#801989, 1989
Greece57.1%#1922.5%#212003, 2003
Hungary53.2%#2717.7%#302004, 2004
Iceland48.2%#3512.4%#582002, 2002
India4.5%#720.7%#871998, 1998
Indonesia13.4%#672.4%#832001, 2001
Iran42.8%#4714.2%#512005, 2005
Ireland56.8%#2113.0%#551999, 2002
Israel61.9%#1222.9%#192001, 2001
Italy44.0%#449.8%#682005, 2005
Japan23.2%#633.1%#812004, 2001
Jordan57.0%#2019.5%#282004, 2004
Kiribati81.5%#250.6%#52006, 2006
Kuwait64.2%#928.8%#132000, 2000
Kyrgyzstan35.0%#578.7%#711993, 1993
Lao8.5%#701.2%#862000, 2000
Latvia45.2%#4015.6%#442006, 2006
LebanonN/AN/A13.5%#54N/A, 2004
Lesotho36.6%#55N/AN/A2002, N/A
Lithuania52.0%#2919.7%#272006, 2006
Luxembourg35.0%#589.0%#701997, 1997
MadagascarN/AN/A2.1%#85N/A, 2005
MalaysiaN/AN/A16.3%#37N/A, 2006
MaltaN/AN/A20.7%#26N/A, 2007
MauritiusN/AN/A14.4%#49N/A, 1998
MexicoN/AN/A23.6%#17N/A, 2000
Mongolia31.6%#619.8%#692005, 2005
Morocco35.4%#5616.0%#401999, 2000
NauruN/AN/A78.5%#1N/A, 1994
NetherlandsN/AN/A10.0%#66N/A, 1997
New Zealand62.7%#1126.5%#142007, 2007
Norway44.0%#4510.0%#672009, 2009
Pakistan14.4%#653.4%#771994, 1994
Panama67.4%#534.7%#81999, 1999
PeruN/AN/A16.3%#38N/A, 2000
Philippines55.4%#244.3%#762003, 2003
Poland52.2%#2818.0%#292001, 2001
Portugal53.5%#2514.2%#522005, 2005
Republic of Korea32.1%#603.2%#792007, 2001
Romania41.7%#518.6%#722000, 2000
Saudi Arabia72.5%#435.6%#72000, 2000
Serbia and MontenegroN/AN/A17.4%#31N/A, 2000
SeychellesN/AN/A25.1%#15N/A, 2004
Singapore32.5%#596.9%#752004, 2004
Slovakia46.7%#3614.3%#502002, 2002
SlovaniaN/AN/A15.0%#47N/A, 2001
South Africa45.1%#4121.6%#251998, 1998
Spain53.4%#2615.6%#452007, 2007
Sweden45.0%#4212.0%#602009, 2009
Switzerland37.3%#538.2%#732007, 2007
Thailand31.5%#627.8%#742003, 2003
TokelauN/AN/A63.4%#3N/A, 2007
TongaN/AN/A56.0%#4N/A, 2000
TunisiaN/AN/A17.2%#32N/A, 1997
Turkey56.4%#2216.1%#392007, 2007
United Arab EmiratesN/AN/A33.7%#10N/A, 2000
United Kingdom61.0%#1522.7%#202002, 2002
United States66.9%#633.9%#92006, 2006
UruguayN/AN/A17.0%#33N/A, 1998
Vanuatu48.8%#3415.9%#411998, 1998
Viet Nam5.2%#710.5%#882002, 2000
Zimbabwe37.3%#5415.7%#432005, 2005
Country % Who Are Overweight
(BMI of 25 or greater)
Rank
(out of 74)
% Who Are Obese
(BMI of 30 or greater)
Rank
(out of 88)
Respective Years for Data
 
Sources: 

 

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