Country Comparison > Obesity - adult prevalence rate

RankCountryObesity - adult prevalence rate (%)
1American Samoa74.6
2Tokelau63.4
3Tonga56
4Kiribati50.6
5Saudi Arabia35.6
6United States33.9
7United Arab Emirates33.7
8Egypt30.3
9Kuwait28.8
10New Zealand26.5
11Seychelles25.1
12Fiji23.9
13Mexico23.6
14Canada23.1
15Israel22.9
16United Kingdom22.7
17Greece22.5
18Croatia22.3
19Chile21.9
20Bosnia and Herzegovina21.7
21Malta20.7
22Lithuania19.7
23Jordan19.5
24Poland18
25Hungary17.7
26France16.9
27Australia16.4
28Malaysia16.3
29Peru16.3
30Turkey16.1
31Morocco16
32Zimbabwe15.7
33Finland15.7
34Spain15.6
35Latvia15.6
36Czech Republic15.1
37Slovenia15
38Estonia14.4
39Slovakia14.3
40Portugal14.2
41Iran14.2
42Colombia13.7
43Lebanon13.5
44Ireland13
45Germany12.9
46Bulgaria12.4
47Iceland12.4
48Sweden12
49Cuba11.8
50Denmark11.4
51Brazil11.1
52Austria11
53Belgium10.8
54Norway10
55Mongolia9.8
56Italy9.8
57Romania8.6
58Switzerland8.2
59Thailand7.8
60Singapore6.9
61Philippines4.3
62Eritrea3.3
63Korea, South3.2
64Japan3.1
65China2.9
66Indonesia2.4
67Madagascar2.1
68Laos1.2
69Vietnam0.5

Definition: This entry gives the percent of a country's population considered to be obese. Obesity is defined as an adult having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater to or equal to 30.0. BMI is calculated by taking a person's weight in kg and dividing it by the person's squared height in meters.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate map

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