Last updated on: 4/28/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Global Obesity Levels

 

I. Top 10 Most Obese OECD Countries

II. Global Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2016

III. Sources

 

 I. Top 10 Most Obese OECD Countries

 

Top 10 Most Obese OECD Countries: 2016
OECD Rank
(Global Rank)
  Country   % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
1 (12)   United States   36.2%
2 (17)   Turkey   32.1%
3 (22)   New Zealand   30.8%
4 (26)   Canada   29.4%
5 (27)   Australia   29.0%
6 (28)   Mexico   28.9%
7 (32)   Chile   28.0%
8 (33)   United Kingdom   27.8%
9 (41)   Hungary   26.4%
10 (44)   Israel   26.1%

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is an intergovernmental economic organization composed of 35 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. [3] [4]

II. Global Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2016
         
Rank   Country*   % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
1   Nauru   61.0%
2   Cook Islands   55.9%
3   Palau   55.3%
4   Marshall Islands   52.9%
5   Tuvalu   51.6%
6   Niue   50.0%
7   Tonga   48.2%
8   Samoa   47.3%
9   Kiribati   46.0%
10   Micronesia (Federated States of)   45.8%
11   Kuwait   37.9%
12   United States of America   36.2%
13   Jordan   35.5%
14   Saudi Arabia   35.4%
15   Qatar   35.1%
16   Libya   32.5%
17   Turkey   32.1%
18   Egypt   32.0%
18   Lebanon   33.7%
20   United Arab Emirates   31.7%
21   Bahamas   31.6%
22   New Zealand   30.8%
23   Iraq   30.4%
24   Fiji   30.2%
25   Bahrain   29.8%
26   Canada   29.4%
27   Australia   29.0%
28   Malta   28.9%
28   Mexico   28.9%
30   Argentina   28.3%
30   South Africa   28.3%
32   Chile   28.0%
33   Dominica   27.9%
33   Uruguay   27.9%
33   Syrian Arab Republic   27.8%
33   United Kingdom   27.8%
37   Dominican Republic   27.6%
38   Algeria   27.4%
39   Oman   27.0%
40   Tunisia   26.9%
41   Hungary   26.4%
41   Suriname   26.4%
43   Lithuania   26.3%
44   Israel   26.1%
44   Morocco   26.1%
46   Czechia   26.0%
47   Iran (Islamic Republic of)   25.8%
48   Costa Rica   25.7%
49   Andorra   25.6%
49   Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)   25.6%
51   Ireland   25.3%
52   Vanatu   25.2%
53   Bulgaria   25.0%
54   Greece   24.9%
55   Jamaica   24.7%
56   Cuba   24.6%
56   El Salvador   24.6%
58   Belarus   24.5%
59   Croatia   24.4%
60   Belize   24.1%
61   Ukraine   24.1%
62   Spain   23.8%
63   Nicaragua   23.7%
63   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   24.1%
65   Latvia   23.6%
66   Montenegro   23.3%
67   Barbados   23.1%
67   Norway   23.1%
67   Poland   23.1%
67   Russian Federation   23.1%
71   Saint Kitts and Nevis   22.9%
72   Haiti   22.7%
72   Panama   22.7%
74   Luxembourg   22.6%
75   Romania   22.5%
75   Solomon Islands   22.5%
77   The former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia   22.4%
78   Colombia   22.3%
78   Germany   22.3%
80   Finland   22.2%
81   Belgium   22.1%
81   Brazil   22.1%
83   Iceland   21.9%
84   Cyprus   21.8%
85   Albania   21.7%
85   Georgia   21.7%
87   France   21.6%
88   Serbia   21.5%
89   Honduras   21.4%
90   Grenada   21.3%
90   Papua New Guinea   21.3%
92   Estonia   21.2%
92   Guatemala   21.2%
94   Kazakhstan   21.0%
95  

Portugal

  20.8%

96

  Mongolia   20.6%
         
Rank   Country   % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
96   Sweden   20.6%
98   Slovakia   20.5%
99   Netherlands   20.4%
100   Paraguay   20.3%
101   Armenia   20.2%
101   Bolivia (Plurinational State of)   20.2%
101   Guyana   20.2%
101   Slovenia   20.2%
105   Austria   20.1%
106   Azerbaijan   19.9%
106   Ecuador   19.9%
106   Italy   19.9%
109   Denmark   19.7%
109   Peru   19.7%
109   Saint Lucia   19.7%
112   Switzerland   19.5%
113   Antigua and Barbuda   18.9%
113   Botswana   18.9%
113   Republic of Moldova   18.9%
116   Trinidad and Tobago   18.6%
116   Turkmenistan   18.6%
118   Bosnia and Herzegovina   17.9%
119   Namibia   17.2%
120   Yemen   17.1%
121   Kyrgyzstan   16.6%
121   Lesotho   16.6%
121   Uzbekistan   16.6%
124   Swaziland   16.5%
125   Malaysia   15.6%
126   Zimbabwe   15.5%
127   Gabon   15.0%
128   Tajikistan   14.2%
129   Brunei Darussalam   14.1%
130   Seychelles   14.0%
131   Djibouti   13.5%
132   Mauritania   12.7%
133   Sao Tome and Principe   12.4%
134   Cabo Verde   11.8%
135   Cameroon   11.4%
136   Ghana   10.9%
137   Mauritius   10.8%
138   Côte d’Ivoire   10.3%
138   Gambia   10.3%
140   Thailand   10.0%
141   Liberia   9.9%
142   Benin   9.6%
142   Congo   9.6%
144   Guinea-Bissau   9.5%
145   Nigeria   8.9%
146   Senegal   8.8%
147   Sierra Leone   8.7%
148   Maldives   8.6%
148   Mali   8.6%
148   Pakistan   8.6%
148   Sudan (former)   8.6%
152   Togo   8.4%
152   United Republic of Tanzania   8.4%
154   Somalia   8.3%
155   Angola   8.2%
156   Zambia   8.1%
157   Equatorial Guinea   8.0%
158   Comoros   7.8%
159   Guinea   7.7%
160   Central African Republic   7.5%
161   Mozambique   7.2%
162   Kenya   7.1%
163   Indonesia   6.9%
164   Democratic People’s Republic of Korea   6.8%
165   Democratic Republic of the Congo   6.7%
166   Bhutan   6.4%
166   Philippines   6.4%
168   China   6.2%
169   Chad   6.1%
169   Singapore   6.1%
171   Malawi   5.8%
171   Myanmar   5.8%
171   Rwanda   5.8%
174   Burkina Faso   5.6%
175   Afghanistan   5.5%
175   Niger   5.5%
177   Burundi   5.4%
178   Lao People’s Democratic Republic   5.3%
178   Madagascar   5.3%
178   Uganda   5.3%
181   Sri Lanka   5.2%
182   Eritrea   5.0%
183   Republic of Korea   4.7%
184   Ethiopia   4.5%
185   Japan   4.3%
186   Nepal   4.1%
187   Cambodia   3.9%
187   India   3.9%
189   Timor-Leste   3.8%
190   Bangladesh   3.6%
191  

Viet Nam

  2.1%

*No data available for Monaco or San Marino.

South Sudan and Sudan are combined and listed as Sudan (Former).

III. Sources:

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

2. World Health Organization, “Prevalence of Obesity among Adults, BMI [Greater than or Equal to] 30, Age-Standardized Estimates by Country” www.who.int (accessed Oct. 19, 2017)

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

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