Countries by Obesity

What is the World's Fattest Country?

Nauru is the country with highest rate of obesity. According to the World Health Organization, 61% of adults in the small Pacific island nation have a BMI above 30. Of the ten countries with the highest rate of obesity, eight of them are in Oceania.

10 Countries with the Highest Rate of Obesity
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CountryObesity Rate
Nauru61.0%
Palau55.3%
Marshall Islands52.9%
Tuvalu51.6%
Tonga48.2%
Samoa47.3%
Kiribati46.0%
Federated States of Micronesia45.8%
Kuwait37.9%
United States36.2%
What is the World's Skinniest Country?

Vietnam is the country with lowest rate of obesity. According to the World Health Organization, just 2.1% of adults in Vietnam have a BMI above 30. Of the ten countries with the lowest rate of obesity, eight are in Asia.

10 Countries with the Lowest Rate of Obesity
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CountryObesity Rate
Vietnam2.1%
Bangladesh3.6%
East Timor3.8%
India3.9%
Cambodia3.9%
Nepal4.1%
Japan4.3%
Ethiopia4.5%
South Korea4.7%
Eritrea5.0%
Sri Lanka5.2%
Laos5.3%
What is the Fattest Major Country?

The United States has the highest rate of obesity among countries with a population over 10 million. While the rate of obesity is much lower than in some small Oceanic countries, 36.2% of adults in America have a BMI above 30.

Countries with the Most Obesity > 10 Million
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CountryObesity Rate
United States36.2%
Saudi Arabia35.4%
Turkey32.1%
Egypt32.0%
New Zealand30.8%
Iraq30.4%
Canada29.4%
Australia29.0%
Mexico28.9%
Argentina28.3%
What is the Skinniest First-World Country?
Among developed nations, Japan has the lowest rate of obesity - just 4.3%. South Korea and Singapore follow at 4.3% and 4.7% respectively.
What is the Skinniest Country in Europe?

Bosnia is the European country with the lowest rate of obesity. 17.9% of Bosnians have a BMI over 30. This is less than half the rate of the United States, but still more than 4 times the rate of Japan. Among Western European nations, Switzerland has the lowest rate of obesity.

Skinniest European Countries
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CountryObesity Rate
Bosnia and Herzegovina17.9%
Moldova18.9%
Switzerland19.5%
Denmark19.7%
Italy19.9%
Austria20.1%
Slovenia20.2%
Netherlands20.4%
Slovakia20.5%
Sweden20.6%
What is the Fattest Country in Europe?

Malta is the European country with the highest rate of obesity. 28.9% of Maltese adults have a BMI over 30. The United Kingdom is close behind with an obesity rate of 27.8%. Most of the major English-speaking countries have a high rate of obesity.

Fattest European Countries
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CountryObesity Rate
Malta28.9%
United Kingdom27.8%
Hungary26.4%
Lithuania26.3%
Czech Republic26.0%
Andorra25.6%
Ireland25.3%
Bulgaria25.0%
Greece24.9%
Belarus24.5%
Is Mexico Fatter than the United States?

No. According to the World Health Organization, the United States has an adult obesity rate of 36.2%, while Mexico's is 28.9%.

All Countries by Obesity Rate
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ContinentCountryObesity Rate
OceaniaNauru61.0%
OceaniaPalau55.3%
OceaniaMarshall Islands52.9%
OceaniaTuvalu51.6%
OceaniaTonga48.2%
OceaniaSamoa47.3%
OceaniaKiribati46.0%
OceaniaFederated States of Micronesia45.8%
AsiaKuwait37.9%
North AmericaUnited States36.2%
AsiaJordan35.5%
AsiaSaudi Arabia35.4%
AsiaQatar35.1%
AfricaLibya32.5%
AsiaTurkey32.1%
AsiaLebanon32.0%
AfricaEgypt32.0%
AsiaUnited Arab Emirates31.7%
North AmericaBahamas31.6%
OceaniaNew Zealand30.8%
AsiaIraq30.4%
OceaniaFiji30.2%
AsiaBahrain29.8%
North AmericaCanada29.4%
OceaniaAustralia29.0%
EuropeMalta28.9%
North AmericaMexico28.9%
South AmericaArgentina28.3%
AfricaSouth Africa28.3%
South AmericaChile28.0%
North AmericaDominica27.9%
South AmericaUruguay27.9%
AsiaSyria27.8%
EuropeUnited Kingdom27.8%
North AmericaDominican Republic27.6%
AfricaAlgeria27.4%
AsiaOman27.0%
AfricaTunisia26.9%
South AmericaSuriname26.4%
EuropeHungary26.4%
EuropeLithuania26.3%
AsiaIsrael26.1%
AfricaMorocco26.1%
EuropeCzech Republic26.0%
AsiaIran25.8%
North AmericaCosta Rica25.7%
EuropeAndorra25.6%
South AmericaVenezuela25.6%
EuropeIreland25.3%
OceaniaVanuatu25.2%
EuropeBulgaria25.0%
EuropeGreece24.9%
North AmericaJamaica24.7%
North AmericaEl Salvador24.6%
North AmericaCuba24.6%
EuropeBelarus24.5%
EuropeCroatia24.4%
North AmericaBelize24.1%
EuropeUkraine24.1%
EuropeSpain23.8%
North AmericaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines23.7%
North AmericaNicaragua23.7%
EuropeLatvia23.6%
EuropeMontenegro23.3%
North AmericaBarbados23.1%
EuropeNorway23.1%
EuropePoland23.1%
EuropeRussia23.1%
North AmericaSaint Kitts and Nevis22.9%
North AmericaPanama22.7%
North AmericaHaiti22.7%
EuropeLuxembourg22.6%
OceaniaSolomon Islands22.5%
EuropeRomania22.5%
EuropeMacedonia22.4%
South AmericaColombia22.3%
EuropeGermany22.3%
EuropeFinland22.2%
EuropeBelgium22.1%
South AmericaBrazil22.1%
EuropeIceland21.9%
AsiaCyprus21.8%
EuropeAlbania21.7%
AsiaGeorgia21.7%
EuropeFrance21.6%
EuropeSerbia21.5%
North AmericaHonduras21.4%
North AmericaGrenada21.3%
OceaniaPapua New Guinea21.3%
EuropeEstonia21.2%
North AmericaGuatemala21.2%
AsiaKazakhstan21.0%
EuropePortugal20.8%
AsiaMongolia20.6%
EuropeSweden20.6%
EuropeSlovakia20.5%
EuropeNetherlands20.4%
South AmericaParaguay20.3%
South AmericaGuyana20.2%
EuropeSlovenia20.2%
AsiaArmenia20.2%
South AmericaBolivia20.2%
EuropeAustria20.1%
AsiaAzerbaijan19.9%
South AmericaEcuador19.9%
EuropeItaly19.9%
North AmericaSaint Lucia19.7%
EuropeDenmark19.7%
South AmericaPeru19.7%
EuropeSwitzerland19.5%
North AmericaAntigua and Barbuda18.9%
AfricaBotswana18.9%
EuropeMoldova18.9%
North AmericaTrinidad and Tobago18.6%
AsiaTurkmenistan18.6%
EuropeBosnia and Herzegovina17.9%
AfricaNamibia17.2%
AsiaYemen17.1%
AfricaLesotho16.6%
AsiaKyrgyzstan16.6%
AsiaUzbekistan16.6%
AfricaSwaziland16.5%
AsiaMalaysia15.6%
AfricaZimbabwe15.5%
AfricaGabon15.0%
AsiaTajikistan14.2%
AsiaBrunei14.1%
AfricaSeychelles14.0%
AfricaDjibouti13.5%
AfricaMauritania12.7%
AfricaSao Tome and Principe12.4%
AfricaCape Verde11.8%
AfricaCameroon11.4%
AfricaGhana10.9%
AfricaMauritius10.8%
AfricaGambia10.3%
AfricaIvory Coast10.3%
AsiaThailand10.0%
AfricaLiberia9.9%
AfricaRepublic of the Congo9.6%
AfricaBenin9.6%
AfricaGuinea-Bissau9.5%
AfricaNigeria8.9%
AfricaSenegal8.8%
AfricaSierra Leone8.7%
AsiaMaldives8.6%
AfricaMali8.6%
AfricaSudan8.6%
AsiaPakistan8.6%
AfricaTogo8.4%
AfricaTanzania8.4%
AfricaSomalia8.3%
AfricaAngola8.2%
AfricaZambia8.1%
AfricaEquatorial Guinea8.0%
AfricaComoros7.8%
AfricaGuinea7.7%
AfricaCentral African Republic7.5%
AfricaMozambique7.2%
AfricaKenya7.1%
AsiaIndonesia6.9%
AsiaNorth Korea6.8%
AfricaDemocratic Republic of the Congo6.7%
AsiaBhutan6.4%
AsiaPhilippines6.4%
AsiaChina6.2%
AsiaSingapore6.1%
AfricaChad6.1%
AfricaRwanda5.8%
AfricaMalawi5.8%
AsiaMyanmar5.8%
AfricaBurkina Faso5.6%
AfricaNiger5.5%
AsiaAfghanistan5.5%
AfricaBurundi5.4%
AsiaLaos5.3%
AfricaMadagascar5.3%
AfricaUganda5.3%
AsiaSri Lanka5.2%
AfricaEritrea5.0%
AsiaSouth Korea4.7%
AfricaEthiopia4.5%
AsiaJapan4.3%
AsiaNepal4.1%
AsiaCambodia3.9%
AsiaIndia3.9%
AsiaEast Timor3.8%
AsiaBangladesh3.6%
AsiaVietnam2.1%
EuropeVatican Cityn/a
EuropeLiechtensteinn/a
EuropeKosovon/a
AsiaTaiwann/a
EuropeSan Marinon/a
EuropeMonacon/a
AfricaSouth Sudann/a
Methodology
Data is for the year 2016 from the World Health Organization. Obesity rate is for adults 18 and over.
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Level 65
Aug 16, 2019
Why is New Zealand included in the < 10 million category. Last I checked it is around 4 million people.
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Level 77
Jul 18, 2020
Yes!
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Level 55
Jul 29, 2021
I think you mean >10 million, but yeah that's odd
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Level 55
Nov 12, 2020
Wow, Oceania is... fat. (no offense)
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Level 55
Dec 11, 2020
Might be because of the giant seafood diet
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Level 65
Sep 29, 2021
Polynesians have a genetic mutation that makes them store fat more efficiently.

It is thought this is because pre-colonisation their diets were low in fat. Now that they have a more western diet their bodies crave and then store fat.

This is only one contributing factor however alongside all the more common ones like poor diet, lack of exercise etc

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Level 43
Dec 15, 2020
Spam
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Level 44
Feb 2, 2021
I think india, bangladesh, nepal and east timor have skinnier people are either that they dont have enough money to buy food or they have a high hindu population so they cant eat fatty meat