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Countries with the Highest Obesity Rate

Can you name the countries of the world where the highest % of adults have a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater?
  • 2016 WHO estimates. Complete list here
  • Countries with a population less than a million are marked in red
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 14, 2018
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61.0
55.3
52.9
51.6
48.2
47.3
46.0
45.8
37.9
36.2
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35.5
35.4
35.1
32.5
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+27
level 71
Feb 16, 2015
Anybody looked at the "residents" of Vatican City. An awful lot of porkers there.
+1
level 34
Mar 6, 2015
That is hilarious!
+2
level 21
Mar 8, 2015
Courthousedoc.......I actually thought Vatican City would be on the list. That was one of the first countries I typed.
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level 9
Apr 25, 2015
haha I tried Vatican, but it wasn't included :D
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level ∞
Apr 4, 2017
Unfortunately, no data for the Vatican. :)
+20
level 67
May 20, 2017
I sense a cover up.
+7
level 73
May 20, 2017
Damn them and their albino assassins. Will we never uncover the truth? Just how fat IS yo holiness' momma?
+7
level 67
May 22, 2017
Why do you think they all wear those figure concealing robes?
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level 70
Mar 2, 2018
They all register a BMI of 0 because of their divinity - they're all walking around with their feet a few inches above the ground
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level 39
Aug 4, 2016
because they have a tiny population and it is easy to have a higher percentage
+2
level 64
May 20, 2017
Yet that didn't stop the WHO from looking at countries like Nauru and Palau
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level 46
Mar 6, 2015
who knew that all the oceanic countries were the fattest!
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level 73
Mar 6, 2015
Anyone who's been there before, seen a Samoan before, looked at the stats before, or taken this quiz before probably.
+3
level 51
May 6, 2017
They rely on wrestlers only ;)
+1
level 75
May 17, 2017
...or anyone who has watched a college football game
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level 47
May 20, 2017
Culturally those island nations have historically seen fat as beautiful and a sign of wealth.
+3
level 64
May 20, 2017
True, being skinny and fit shows that you're poor and malnourished.
+23
level 56
May 22, 2017
WHERE is my passport?
+2
level 50
Mar 2, 2018
Dcher-probably best comment on jet punk ! Thanks lol
+1
level 46
Mar 2, 2018
It's more so the abundance of minerals that thrived earlier, such as the phosphate in Nauru, that left it one of the richest countries in the world.
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level 55
May 20, 2017
Also, most of the islands have been sources of wealth in the past during colonial times, and they all enjoyed that a bit too much.
+6
level 67
May 20, 2017
Not to mention that they eat a LOT of tinned and processed food. Spam might as well be the official meat of the Pacific.
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level 50
May 25, 2017
they import a lot of bad food
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level 75
Jan 17, 2018
In Australia it is known. The men are often employed as security guards or bouncers. There is also a couple of clothing brands that have "Pacific-Islander" sizes.
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level 36
Mar 6, 2015
I think that it's sad that the USA was guessed 100% of the time when it's not even the fattest country
+9
level 43
Mar 9, 2015
And also because it's one of the biggest countries in the world... More people will think of the USA than an island nation with just thousands of residents that some probably haven't even heard of.
+1
level 67
Apr 4, 2017
Plus the pharmaceutical companies make a ton of money off of thermogenics, which are simple and cheap to make. They stand to make a sweet profit off of talking about how fat everybody is.
+5
level 64
May 20, 2017
The combined population of the other top ten countries is less than many US states. It's good that people are aware of the USA's obesity problem as it often promotes itself as a role model for the rest of the world. Having been to the USA many times, it's easy to understand why so many Americans are obese. In the South pacific large is considered beautiful, but strong too. Rugby fans know that there are a lot of incredibly strong pacific islanders, so be careful who you're calling "fat".
+1
level 53
Mar 2, 2018
Yeah. At least there's a reason for the obesity levels in many of the island countries. What's the American excuse?
+2
level 56
Mar 2, 2018
We love to eat and hate to run. I thought that was obvious.
+3
level 65
Jan 31, 2018
Why would you try and deny a problem by stating that there are some pacific (micro)nations - where obesity equals status - that 'score' a tad bit higher. If you compare 36,7% to European statistics (about 16%), or China (about 10%), no wonder "everybody" thinks of USA as a nation of overweight people. + USA is 3 letters, i guess about all people on this site try uk and usa in about every quiz fyi: if you are interested: https://www.worldobesity.org/
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level 53
Mar 2, 2018
Good point. But I wouldn't compare us to China when it comes to obesity. That rate would probably be higher if the average standard of living was on par with the American one. That's a big part of why the obesity level here is so high, although of course what you said also plays into it.
+2
level 72
Mar 2, 2018
All the countries fatter than the US are under 1 million except for Kuwait, which is 4 million.
+1
level 57
Mar 2, 2018
That's why it's measured per capita, not in absolute numbers. To portray the data favorably. If absolute numbers was more favorable, that would have been the choice.
+3
level 46
Mar 9, 2015
Based on this list, obesity stems from two things: 1) Having nothing to do, 2) Having too much money
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level 57
Nov 20, 2015
And how does this theory explain the Pacific island countries?
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level 63
May 21, 2017
He already covered the "having nothing to do" part.
+1
level 53
Mar 2, 2018
There are some surprisingly rich Pacific islands.
+11
level 57
Sep 21, 2016
I thought it was 1) eating too much 2) not enough exercise
+1
level 58
May 20, 2017
+1
+1
level 47
May 20, 2017
+2
+1
level 16
May 20, 2017
+7
+2
level 68
Jan 14, 2018
-1 because not always!
+4
level ∞
Apr 4, 2017
In the United States, obesity is negatively correlated with income.
+2
level 32
Oct 8, 2017
Its because fast food is unhealthy but cheap.
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level ∞
Jan 13, 2018
It might also have to do with preferences. Can't find the source right now, but different incomes groups tend to have a different idea of the "ideal" body shape.
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level 56
Mar 16, 2018
I agree with the income correlation. Eating healthy is expensive in the US. Fast food and processed foods are incredibly cheap. We are a family of 7, and to cook from only fresh ingredients would be cost prohibitive for us.
+1
level 37
Mar 10, 2015
I love how everyone guessed the USA
+1
level 45
Apr 11, 2015
Wow! I never expected this many oceania countries to be on this list!
+1
level 35
Dec 5, 2015
I put Nauru first
+3
level 39
Feb 1, 2016
I got Belize because the only person I've ever met from that country was overweight.
+6
level 57
May 20, 2017
Excellent deduction!
+3
level 64
May 20, 2017
Talk about stereotypes.
+1
level 70
Apr 29, 2016
Hit a rich vein with Pacific Islands, then, when that ran dry, I tried a few stereotypical ones (US, Mexico) and then just started randomly trying wealthy western countries with little success. After that I tried sample nations in different parts of my world in an attempt to identify the clusters. I tried a few Middle Eastern ones and Caribbean ones, but apparently not the right ones.
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level 37
May 30, 2016
I was surprised to see so many island nations!
+1
level 13
Jun 11, 2016
That is a tough quiz
+1
level 53
Jun 14, 2016
Funny to see how fast and far the percentage guessed drops on this quiz. Makes sense. Most people's understanding of geography is centralized around the west.
+1
level 43
Aug 29, 2016
so... Arabs, Oceanians, and north-central Americans are fat...
+1
level 35
May 20, 2017
You seem to be forgetting about the UK, Canada, and Ireland
+1
level 43
Mar 2, 2018
Canada is in North America, I did mention that one.
+1
level 49
Dec 21, 2016
As of the 21st of december 2016, 100% got the US That's actually pretty sad..
+1
level 63
May 21, 2017
Exactly five months ahead, and that hasn't changed.
+1
level 54
Feb 14, 2018
About 8 months ahead...no changes
+2
level 75
Feb 22, 2018
Only 99% now.
+1
level 44
Mar 8, 2017
Islands, Middle East?
+1
level 27
Mar 15, 2017
Is there a reason why the pacific island nations are the fattest countries on the planet? What caused this?
+2
level 67
Apr 4, 2017
Eating more food than their bodies need caused this
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level 48
May 20, 2017
Less supply and variety of fresh food.
+1
level 64
May 20, 2017
Lack of good food and industrialisation.
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level 57
May 21, 2017
Colonization which resulted in a replacement of traditional indigenous diet.
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level 36
Mar 2, 2018
Yes, there is. It's easy to pass judgment on other people's lifestyles, but in this case it's more complicated. https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/07/samoagene
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level 76
Apr 4, 2017
They import the bulk of their food as canned and packaged products, and this leads naturally to unhealthy choices.
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level 56
May 22, 2017
Also the quality of the packaged foods is often poorer compare to the same product sold in New Zealand and Australia - the Spam in Samoa for example has a much higher fat content than the same product in NZ, even though the Samoan version is manufactured and shipped in from NZ.
+2
level 58
Apr 5, 2017
Pacific countries are because of the foods that were introduced by the Europeans. Less fishing, fruits, more processed foods.
+1
level 68
Apr 8, 2017
I knew the Oceanic island nations were fat due to some reading but I still don't understand why they are. You would think their diet would be limited to the same sorts of foods that kept most Asian countries so thin. It is also strange that countries that are all about their beaches would not be working to look great in a bathing suit.
+3
level 59
Apr 8, 2017
There are more important things in life than looking good in a bathing suit.
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level 49
May 20, 2017
There are?
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level 75
Apr 8, 2017
Besides the usual over eating and lack of exercise, the oceanic countries have higher obesity rates because of a naturally bigger build, lower metabolism rates (due to past seafarer long trips where they needed to conserve energy), introduction of processed foods from the west (coke is cheaper than water), lack of access to medical care and the natural tendency of when it is very hot to conserve energy and be sedentary. Even things like the fact that a fisherman can sell a fish for a price that would buy him a couple of processed meals and be cheaper than eating that fish.
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level 46
May 20, 2017
Good on Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands not being as fat as the countries around them.
+2
level 48
May 21, 2017
Fiji may be the one country in that area that has banned the import of certain foods because they are so fattening. Mutton flaps (as gross as it sounds), for instance, were banned there about ten years ago but are still popular on the islands that made the list.
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level 67
May 20, 2017
My interpretation of the list is that obesity is strongly correlated with living on a Pacific island, living near the Persian Gulf, or speaking English. I should probably brush up on my Spanish again.
+1
level 58
May 25, 2017
where is that like button when you need it. :)
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level 16
Jul 3, 2017
I wanted to like this also :-) Especially for the English speaking part. The three countries in Europe on the list are also the three countries where English is (one of) the official language(s). And then the four main English speaking countries in the world outside of Europe are also on the list. The only exception to your rule is Argentina.
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level 55
May 20, 2017
USA way up there in terms of the bigger countries. No surprise there then!
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level 70
May 20, 2017
Anybody else try Greece? bwaahahahaha!!
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level 57
May 20, 2017
Historically, populations on isolated islands were more at risk of famine and seasonal food shortages. The ability to store fat in one's body was a trait that ensured survival through lean times- natural selection. People with these genes put on weight more readily than others, even if they eat and exercise the same amount.
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level 57
May 20, 2017
Tongans and Samoans have genetically greater bone density. The BMI standard used to determine obesity levels is based on Caucasian data, which is not appropriate for Polynesian populations, as there are genuine differences in body composition and fat distribution, so healthy weight ranges should be different. (International Journal of Obesity).
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level 48
May 21, 2017
Tonga and Samoa would be near the top of this list regardless of the measuring system used. Both countries have acknowledged their severe obesity problem.
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level 59
May 20, 2017
Lol what's wrong with Oceania ? :O
+1
level 46
May 20, 2017
As a matter of fact, in Malta we are consistently told by the news that we're the fattest people in Europe haha
+1
level 64
May 20, 2017
Well, according to the WHO, that claim is true.
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level 73
May 20, 2017
What happened to Egypt and Mexico? I thought they were both on here before with pretty respectable rankings, too.
+5
level 68
May 20, 2017
I think each country caught wind of that exact fact and told their respective citizens, "Hey, we gotta lose weight and get off this JetPunk Quiz."
+1
level 53
Mar 2, 2018
After all, Jetpunkers are a major voting group.
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level 42
May 20, 2017
If anyone don't know how to start this, lemme show you. (spoiler alert! please type Ctrl+a to reveal)

1. The fattest country is Nauru, and the nearby countries...

2. Think about oil. What is the major continent that produces oil?

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level 40
May 23, 2017
What is this???
+1
level 73
Nov 7, 2017
The Arabian peninsula is not a continent.
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level 60
May 21, 2017
I was surprised to not see Mexico on the list- I thought I heard somewhere that Mexico recently surpassed the US as one of the fattest countries.
+1
level 72
May 22, 2017
Yea, I remember seeing that as well. From comments it was on here at some point but maybe they all sneaked over the border.
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level ∞
Jan 13, 2018
Mexico is 33rd with 28.9%.
+1
level 73
Nov 7, 2017
There are different ways to measure what constitutes being "overweight." That's my only guess. I've also seen lists with Mexico and other central American countries ranked prominently.
+2
level 23
May 22, 2017
I guessed Ethiopia but I guess they don't have too many obese there...
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level 57
May 24, 2017
Not funny.
+1
level 28
May 23, 2017
I got Malta but missed the UK...
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level 37
Sep 6, 2017
Weird how the only white majority of countries on this list are those that speak english... no European countries besides Uk and Ireland, and then the only other white countries in the world (NZ, USA, australia, canada) all make the list. very strange... I wonder what exactly the connection is there.
+1
level 73
Nov 7, 2017
could be the greasy food that Anglo cultures seem to prefer in England especially but pretty much all over, the relative wealth and prosperity that came as a package deal with starting the Industrial Revolution, the fact that Americans invented fast food and then the concept spread more easily and readily to culturally similar Anglophone countries, or perhaps something genetic.
+1
level 34
Oct 1, 2017
OMG so sad that my country (New Zealand) features here. And obviously there is something about the Polynesian genetics that predisposes them to obesity - the Melanesian and Micronesian countries don't feature much.
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level 73
Nov 7, 2017
The Polynesian countries also have cultures that are comfortable with overeating and many of them have economies that rely on American food imports and subsidies, from what I hear, with many islands subsisting on large quantities of SPAM.
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level 73
Mar 2, 2018
When we were visiting Kaua'i we stopped at a McDonald's and were surprised to see Spam and eggs on the breakfast menu. A Chinese restaurant we visited included Spam as one of their protein choices along with the usual beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp dishes.
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level 69
Jan 14, 2018
NZ is only on there because we have a large population of Polynesian people who are genetically prone to obesity. We don't have nearly the portion sizes of the US.
+1
level 57
Dec 11, 2017
Can't believe Turkey isn't there, that always makes me fatter.
+1
level 68
Jan 15, 2018
Odd agglomeration of Oceania and the Middle East...
+1
level 43
Jan 31, 2018
3rd world countries and US :D
+1
level 37
Feb 8, 2018
why is oceania fat i mean tuvalu tonga new zealand samoa nauru palau etc are on the list?
+1
level 65
Feb 14, 2018
Plenty of food, plenty of beer, lovely beaches, no work, sunshine...... oh boy!
+1
level 36
Mar 2, 2018
It's far more complicated than that. Obesity among Islanders has a strong genetic component. https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/07/samoagene
+1
level 38
Mar 2, 2018
Common food includes fried fish, and imported products which majority of them are not very healthy
+5
level 44
Feb 14, 2018
Consider accepting Kuweight.
+1
level 56
Mar 2, 2018
Genuine chuckle at this.
+1
level 65
Feb 14, 2018
I knew one country would not be there........... Finland
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level 55
Mar 2, 2018
USA, the only western world country here.
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level 48
Mar 2, 2018
How is the USA not #1 at this?
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level 56
Mar 2, 2018
Perception is not reality. The US is always under a microscope, so its many flaws are often overstated. Yes, we have a lot of overweight people, ignorant people, religiously zealous people, and uneducated people....but other places have many more of those types of people than we do. It's just that those other countries don't have the same global influence, so they aren't discussed as much. USA gets so much grief because, among the major global players like Germany, France, the UK, Japan, etc., it has these problems in the largest numbers. Plus human nature is to belittle the person at the top of the totem pole. As long as the US is the biggest wielder of global influence, people will accentuate and overstate its failings.
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level 43
Mar 2, 2018
You need to be washd in the blood of the Lam
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level 73
Mar 22, 2018
Lamb's blood is not hygenic.
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level 48
Jun 15, 2018
USA is not #1 because there are some countries with very low populations that have a higher obesity rate. Statistically it is expected that the countries with very low populations will have lowest or highest rates of anything. The USA is a very diverse place in many ways, and I am sure there are areas with the same population as Nauru that have an even higher obesity rate than Nauru.
+1
level 27
Mar 2, 2018
Obesity in Pacific islands is much more than 50-60 percent. I took a research on Wikipedia, Nauru has obesity rate of 97%, while every other pacific island has at least 80%...
+1
level ∞
Mar 3, 2018
Sorry, but this does not warrant a "correction or suggestion for the Quizmaster".
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level 48
Jun 15, 2018
Why not?
+1
level 37
Mar 2, 2018
Where the heck is Hungary!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!
+1
level 40
Mar 2, 2018
That was hard. Expected UK to be there.
+1
level 73
Mar 6, 2018
I think they're the fattest in Europe after Greece, not too far down the list but not in the top 20.
+1
level 73
Jun 16, 2018
and they used to be on the quiz judging from the comments. Not sure what changed. Maybe they switched from "overweight" to "obese" or something else like that.
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level 43
Mar 2, 2018
How could I miss Samoa?
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