Last updated on: 3/27/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

Global Obesity Levels

The island country of Nauru is the most obese in the world with obesity affecting 61.0% of the adult population, according to the most recent data available from the World Health Organization (WHO) as of Mar. 26, 2020. Vietnam is the least obese country with 2.1% of the population classified as obese. Among OECD countries, the United States is the most obese (36.2%) and Israel the least obese (26.1%).

According to WHO, more than 1.9 billion adults worldwide were overweight, including 650 million who were obese, in 2016. The prevalence of obesity tripled worldwide between 1975 and 2016.

Global RankCountry% of Adult Population That Is Obese
1Nauru61.0%
2Cook Islands55.9%
3Palau55.3%
4Marshall Islands52.9%
5Tuvalu51.6%
6Niue50.0%
7Tonga48.2%
8Samoa47.3%
9Kiribati46.0%
10Micronesia (Federated States of)45.8%
11Kuwait37.9%
12United States of America36.2%
13Jordan35.5%
14Saudi Arabia35.4%
15Qatar35.1%
16Libya32.5%
17Turkey32.1%
18Egypt32.0%
18Lebanon33.7%
20United Arab Emirates31.7%
21Bahamas31.6%
22New Zealand30.8%
23Iraq30.4%
24Fiji30.2%
25Bahrain29.8%
26Canada29.4%
27Australia29.0%
28Malta28.9%
28Mexico28.9%
30Argentina28.3%
30South Africa28.3%
32Chile28.0%
33Dominica27.9%
33Uruguay27.9%
33Syrian Arab Republic27.8%
33United Kingdom27.8%
37Dominican Republic27.6%
38Algeria27.4%
39Oman27.0%
40Tunisia26.9%
41Hungary26.4%
41Suriname26.4%
43Lithuania26.3%
44Israel26.1%
44Morocco26.1%
46Czechia26.0%
47Iran (Islamic Republic of)25.8%
48Costa Rica25.7%
49Andorra25.6%
49Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)25.6%
51Ireland25.3%
52Vanatu25.2%
53Bulgaria25.0%
54Greece24.9%
55Jamaica24.7%
56Cuba24.6%
56El Salvador24.6%
58Belarus24.5%
59Croatia24.4%
60Belize24.1%
61Ukraine24.1%
62Spain23.8%
63Nicaragua23.7%
63Saint Vincent and the Grenadines24.1%
65Latvia23.6%
66Montenegro23.3%
67Barbados23.1%
67Norway23.1%
67Poland23.1%
67Russian Federation23.1%
71Saint Kitts and Nevis22.9%
72Haiti22.7%
72Panama22.7%
74Luxembourg22.6%
75Romania22.5%
75Solomon Islands22.5%
77The former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia22.4%
78Colombia22.3%
78Germany22.3%
80Finland22.2%
81Belgium22.1%
81Brazil22.1%
83Iceland21.9%
84Cyprus21.8%
85Albania21.7%
85Georgia21.7%
87France21.6%
88Serbia21.5%
89Honduras21.4%
90Grenada21.3%
90Papua New Guinea21.3%
92Estonia21.2%
92Guatemala21.2%
94Kazakhstan21.0%
95Portugal20.8%
96Mongolia20.6%
96Sweden20.6%
98Slovakia20.5%
99Netherlands20.4%
100Paraguay20.3%
101Armenia20.2%
101Bolivia (Plurinational State of)20.2%
101Guyana20.2%
101Slovenia20.2%
105Austria20.1%
106Azerbaijan19.9%
106Ecuador19.9%
106Italy19.9%
109Denmark19.7%
109Peru19.7%
109Saint Lucia19.7%
112Switzerland19.5%
113Antigua and Barbuda18.9%
113Botswana18.9%
113Republic of Moldova18.9%
116Trinidad and Tobago18.6%
116Turkmenistan18.6%
118Bosnia and Herzegovina17.9%
119Namibia17.2%
120Yemen17.1%
121Kyrgyzstan16.6%
121Lesotho16.6%
121Uzbekistan16.6%
124Swaziland16.5%
125Malaysia15.6%
126Zimbabwe15.5%
127Gabon15.0%
128Tajikistan14.2%
129Brunei Darussalam14.1%
130Seychelles14.0%
131Djibouti13.5%
132Mauritania12.7%
133Sao Tome and Principe12.4%
134Cabo Verde11.8%
135Cameroon11.4%
136Ghana10.9%
137Mauritius10.8%
138Côte d’Ivoire10.3%
138Gambia10.3%
140Thailand10.0%
141Liberia9.9%
142Benin9.6%
142Congo9.6%
144Guinea-Bissau9.5%
145Nigeria8.9%
146Senegal8.8%
147Sierra Leone8.7%
148Maldives8.6%
148Mali8.6%
148Pakistan8.6%
148Sudan (former)8.6%
152Togo8.4%
152United Republic of Tanzania8.4%
154Somalia8.3%
155Angola8.2%
156Zambia8.1%
157Equatorial Guinea8.0%
158Comoros7.8%
159Guinea7.7%
160Central African Republic7.5%
161Mozambique7.2%
162Kenya7.1%
163Indonesia6.9%
164Democratic People’s Republic of Korea6.8%
165Democratic Republic of the Congo6.7%
166Bhutan6.4%
166Philippines6.4%
168China6.2%
169Chad6.1%
169Singapore6.1%
171Malawi5.8%
171Myanmar5.8%
171Rwanda5.8%
174Burkina Faso5.6%
175Afghanistan5.5%
175Niger5.5%
177Burundi5.4%
178Lao People’s Democratic Republic5.3%
178Madagascar5.3%
178Uganda5.3%
181Sri Lanka5.2%
182Eritrea5.0%
183Republic of Korea4.7%
184Ethiopia4.5%
185Japan4.3%
186Nepal4.1%
187Cambodia3.9%
187India3.9%
189Timor-Leste3.8%
190Bangladesh3.6%
191Viet Nam2.1%

Top 10 Most Obese OECD Countries

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an intergovernmental economic organization comprising 36 member countries with the goal of stimulating economic progress and world trade. The Economist magazine describes OECD as “the club of mostly rich countries.” The Telegraph says OECD members account for 80% of all world trade and investment.

Global RankCountry% of Adult Population That Is Obese
12United States36.2%
17Turkey32.1%
22New Zealand30.8%
26Canada29.4%
27Australia29.0%
28Mexico28.9%
32Chile28.0%
33United Kingdom27.8%
41Hungary26.4%
44Israel26.1%

Sources:

World Health Organization, “Obesity and Overweight,” who.int, Mar. 3, 2020

World Health Organization, “Obesity: Situation and Trends,” who.int, 2014

World Health Organization, “Prevalence of Obesity among Adults, BMI [Greater than or Equal to] 30, Age-Standardized Estimates by Country” who.int (accessed Mar. 26, 2020)

Buttonwood, “The Economist Explains: What Is the OECD?,” economist.com, July 6, 2017

The Telegraph, “What Is the OECD?,” telegraph.co.uk, Apr. 12, 2011