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A Spotlight on World Obesity Rates

This week in the United States, people will celebrate the Thanksgiving Day holiday with family traditions that usually include a very large meal. In anticipation of waist-band stretching feasts, we decided to see how the United States fares against other populations in terms of obesity. The U.S. comes in near the top, having the 6th highest obesity rate. The World Factbook data also show that there are clear regional trends, even though obesity rates vary around the world.

Of the 10 countries or territories with the highest obesity rates, 5 are in Oceania. Another 4 are in the Middle East.  Rates on this chart reflect the percent of a country’s adult population that has Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30.0, which is considered obese.

Country

Obesity Rate

1. American Samoa (US territory)

    74.60

    2. Tokelau

      63.40

      3. Tonga

        56.00

        4. Kiribati

          50.60

          5. Saudi Arabia

            35.60

            6. United States

              33.90

              7. United Arab Emirates

                33.70

                8. Egypt

                  30.30

                  9. Kuwait

                    28.80

                    10. New Zealand

                      26.50

                       

                      Of the 10 countries with the lowest obesity rates, 8 are in Asia, and the remaining 2 are in Africa.

                      Country

                      Obesity Rate

                      1. Vietnam

                        0.50

                        2. Laos

                          1.20

                          3. Madagascar

                            2.10

                            4. Indonesia

                              2.40

                              5. China

                                2.90

                                6. Japan

                                  3.10

                                  7. Korea, South

                                    3.20

                                    8. Eritrea

                                      3.30

                                      9. Philippines

                                        4.30

                                        10. Singapore

                                          6.90

                                           

                                          Explore The World FactbookPeople” section to see more country comparisons of social and health data.


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                                          Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:46 PM
                                          Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 01:03 PM