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, 2014See also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate map
Obesity: Our Big Fat Problem – Part Ii
Tribune242 - 7/21/2015 8:37:02 PM
Of the 193 countries listed, we ranked eighth in the world, essentially putting us in the top 10 fattest nations. I understand that our obesity problem is very intimately intertwined with our culture, but with this sort of prevalence rate you can’t help ...
Mexico City fights obesity by giving out metro rides for squats
FORTUNE - 7/23/2015 10:07:43 PM
In an effort to combat what are some of the highest obesity rates in the world, Mexico City is offering metro ... Mexican officials have long been fighting the country’s 32% adult obesity rate. Back in 2006, for instance, the government restricted ...
Moms Around the World Are 'Latching On' to Fight Back Against A Major Social Stigma
Yahoo News - 8/2/2015 9:55:52 PM
In April, the country considered ... accessories. Those statistics make breastfeeding on the subway all the more poweful as a statement of protest against China's social norms. This year's action builds on World Breasfeeding Week three years ago, when ...
The Most Obese Countries In The World
The Business Insider - 1/23/2015 11:16:14 AM
Obesity has been steadily increasing in countries ... prevalence of obesity is highest in the Americas, with 61% overweight in both sexes. Obesity rates are low in the Southeast Asia Region, with only 22% overweight, making it the least obese region in the ...
Obesity rates climbing worldwide, most comprehensive global study to date shows
Science Daily - 5/27/2014 11:54:30 PM
Worldwide, there has been a startling increase in rates of obesity and overweight ... In high-income countries, some of the highest increases in adult obesity prevalence have been in the USA (where roughly a third of the adult population are obese ...
Is The United States Still The Best Country In The World? Think Again
Value Walk - 7/31/2015 12:32:44 PM
It is hoped that examination of the above statistics will make people aware of how much needs to be done if the United States wants to remain a world power. Is The United States Still The Best Country In The World? Think Again - Introduction Americans must ...
World's Fattest Countries
Forbes - 2/7/2007 11:59:27 PM
There are currently 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world. In just 10 years, the WHO projects that number will grow by 40%. As far as comparing the obesity rates of countries, “it’s hard to make automatic comparisons,” says Rigby. “It s more ...
The miracle fat kids can perform that fat adults can’t
News.com.au - 8/3/2015 9:58:51 AM
While most adults ... obesity has doubled in prevalence since the 1980s. Between 1900 to 1950, only about five per cent of children were overweight or obese. By 1980, this had risen to 10 per cent and it now stands at 25 per cent. Professor Sabin says ...
Mississippi has highest obesity rate; Colorado has lowest
usatoday30.usatoday.com - 8/13/2012 1:43:12 AM
The statistics are from ... that about 36% of U.S. adults are obese. Extra weight raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other problems. The new study does not offer an overall obesity rate for the country, but breaks down rates by state.
U.S. obesity rate levels off, but still an epidemic
USA Today - 10/18/2013 10:01:22 AM
Obesity among U.S. adults is continuing to level off after several decades of skyrocketing growth, new government data show. In 2012, about 34.9% of the people in this country were obese ... according to the latest statistics from the National Center ...
Obesity Epidemic Is Global, New Study Confirms
Medscape News - 5/29/2014 3:52:31 PM
Between 1980 and 2013, the combined prevalence of overweight and obesity worldwide rose by 27.5% in adults and 47.1% in ... Although age-standardized obesity rates were lower in developing vs developed countries, 62% of the world's obese people live ...
How obese is the UK? and how does it compare to other countries?
theguardian.com - 5/29/2014 1:43:40 PM
Researchers also highlighted a substantial increase in the prevalence ... developed countries - 24% of boys and 23% of girls worldwide were overweight or obese in 2013. The table at the end of this article shows adult overweight and obesity rates by ...
Global Diabetes Rates Are Rising as Obesity Spreads
New York Times - 6/8/2015 4:10:05 AM
as obesity and the health problems it spawns have taken hold across the developing world. The prevalence of diabetes has been rising in rich countries for several decades, largely driven by increases in the rate of obesity. More recently, poorer countries ...
The burden of obesity is too heavy for world
China - 7/29/2015 1:15:04 AM
Moreover, in recent decades, the scourge has been spreading rapidly in many developing countries, especially the more ... some 40 percent in the past decade alone. At this rate, half of the world's adult population will be overweight in about 15 years.
Obesity: Global trends in the prevalence of overweight and obesity
Nature - 7/22/2014 9:19:12 AM
The prevalence has increased since 1980, but at different rates across ... to rise in many countries around the world, but within the past decade the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children, adolescents and young adults has plateaued in several ...