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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