Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati, small island nations in the Pacific, top the list, with roughly four out of five of their citizens being overweight or obese. They are followed by a slew of Middle Eastern countries – Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Mexico, Turkey, Chile and Iceland also rank above the U.S. The U.S. comes in 27th with 66.3 percent of its population being obese or overweight.
The least overweight countries by this measure are Ethiopia and North Korea, with 6.1 percent and 4.4 percent of their population being overweight or obese, respectively.
You can visit Martinez’s site to see the interactive version, which allows you to sort the information by age, gender, country and other factors. If you rejigger the interactive to just look at the percent of population that is obese (a BMI of over 30), the U.S. moves up to 19th place.
Source: Martinez R. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity visualization. Health Intelligence, 2015.
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