Jun 182016
 

Obese Countries

A slew of other South Pacific nations follow, including Nauru, Tonga, Samoa, Palau and Kiribati. In fact, Kuwait is the only non-Pacific island to feature in the top 10. There is a clear obesity problem in the South Pacific; the weight of adults in the region is increasing at four times the global average. Some have claimed the islanders are genetically predisposed to putting on weight, while a 2014 report suggested that colonial settlers, who taught them Western ways of eating – frying fish, for example, rather than eating it raw, are to blame.

The US, where 33 per cent are considered to be obese, is actually 18th on the list, while the UK (26.9 per cent) is 43rd.

The 20 most obese places in the world

American Samoa
Nauru
Cook Islands
Tokelau
Tonga
Samoa
Palau
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Kuwait
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Micronesia
The Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Qatar
Egypt
United States
Saudi Arabia
Bahrain

At the other end of the scale, Asian and African countries dominate. Fewer than two per cent of the populations Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Eritrea, Madagascar, Vietnam, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and India are considered to be obese.

Fewer than two per cent of India’s population is obese
Fewer than two per cent of India’s population is obese
Japan and China are also relatively low on the list, at 157th and 152nd, respectively, while the least obese European country is Switzerland, at 111th, followed by France (108th), Denmark (107th) and Sweden (104th).

The 20 least obese countries in the world

Ethiopia
Bangladesh
Nepal
Eritrea
Madagascar
Vietnam
Democratic Republic of the Congo
India
Cambodia
Afghanistan
Burkina Faso
Niger
Laos
Timor-Leste
Chad
Burundi
Central African Republic
Zambia
North Korea
Burma

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