Countries with the Lowest Obesity Rate

Can you name the countries of the world where the lowest % of adults have a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater?
2016 WHO estimates. Complete list here
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
First submittedJanuary 14, 2018
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Country
2.1
Vietnam
3.6
Bangladesh
3.8
East Timor
3.9
India
3.9
Cambodia
4.1
Nepal
4.3
Japan
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Country
4.5
Ethiopia
4.7
South Korea
5.0
Eritrea
5.2
Sri Lanka
5.3
Uganda
5.3
Madagascar
5.3
Laos
%
Country
5.4
Burundi
5.5
Niger
5.5
Afghanistan
5.6
Burkina Faso
5.8
Rwanda
5.8
Myanmar
5.8
Malawi
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Level 80
Jan 14, 2018
North Korea has higher obesity than South Korea?
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Level 71
Jan 15, 2018
Long live Kim! For he has granted the North Korean people with bountiful food, while the South Koreans starve!
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Level 59
Mar 7, 2018
Kim Jong-Un IS the obesity rate of North Korea.
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Level 48
Mar 7, 2018
Haha that was good! But seriously, that was a bit confusing. North Korea was one of my first guesses.
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Level 52
Oct 12, 2020
Let us all increase the production of millet!
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Level 71
Oct 12, 2020
I'm surprised to see any such data from North Korea at all, tbh.
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Level 47
Oct 12, 2020
I would think that there wouldn't be any data for North Korea.
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Level 45
Oct 12, 2020
No data from there as the god -complex dictator has not provided it.
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2018
Seems like all countries where people just don't have enough to eat. Cannot be overweight if you can't buy food
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Level 73
Jan 15, 2018
Like Japan?
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Level 71
Jan 16, 2018
Actually, more of them eat fish and haven't been overly westernized with fast food
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Level 43
Feb 19, 2018
That is slowly changing. Younger generations are eating more fast food. Japan has the fattest fast food I've seen. Worse than American food, haha.
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Level 63
Mar 8, 2018
^ Also, the Japanese don't typically view fast food as meals but rather snacks. This isn't the mentality of much of the west.
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Level 58
Oct 12, 2020
You can see the difference in South Korea. Older generations are shorter and thinner. High school students are getting taller and fatter, and have more acne. They are eating more western-style fast food.
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Level 80
Oct 13, 2020
I think this used to be called the Skinniest Countries quiz but they changed the name to be less depressing as impoverished African countries were overrepresented. I think QM may have changed the criteria, too, perhaps from lowest average BMI to lowest % of obese adults?

Anyway, the above countries show up due to a combination of common body types, genetics, diet, and, in several but not all of these places, malnutrition.
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Level 65
Jan 15, 2018
What about Venezuela? Do we not have accurate current data for them due to the political unrest? They implemented socialism a few years ago and now the entire country is starving -- I believe even moreso than most of the countries on this list.
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Level 70
Mar 7, 2018
Yup, the decline in their fortunes had nothing to do with the price of oil.
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Level 80
Oct 12, 2020
It certainly had more to do with oil prices than "socialism"... but it also had a lot to do with bad government, corruption, poor management of resources, and a very undiversified economy which is a common problem in countries with authoritarian governments and planned economies. Russia, the USA, Canada, Norway, Saudi Arabia and the UAE didn't descend into anarchy, and they all have petroleum industries as big as Venezuela's.
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Level 71
Jan 15, 2018
Actually quite surprised/happy to not see the entire list dominated by Africa. Vietnam as #1 was unexpected too.
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Level 80
Mar 7, 2018
Didn't realize there were so many fatties in Somalia.
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Level 65
Mar 7, 2018
Actually obesity is correlated to malnutrition in general, not only over nutrition (eating too much). If you dont eat enough, and not diversified enough, you might be as obese as much as if you binge fast food everyday. Thats why a lot of starving countries (somalia, south sudan, mali...) are not represented in this quiz. On the other hands, rather wealthy countries that have a culinary tradition f diversified and healthy food (in Asia for instance) dont have any obesity. But that is changing really fast due to the implementation of fast/sweet food from the West. In Cambodia the rate of obesity has doubled in 20 years, due to the processed foods.
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Level 59
Mar 7, 2018
Damn Japan and South Korea! U guys need to go out for pizza and beer way more often
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2018
How come India is on the list...I'm an Indian and I generally see fat people here...might be because of the large population the percentage is low.
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Level 7
Apr 10, 2018
i thought that most of the countreis would be from africa but asia has the most number its actually good to be slim rather than being fit
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Level 45
Oct 12, 2020
I can understand all of them but Sri Lanka-I saw a LOT of obese women there and in India too.
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Level 49
Oct 12, 2020
Well are are still 100s of millions of people living in villages where next to 0% are obese.
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Level 61
Oct 12, 2020
Can't believe Hungary isn't on here
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Level 65
Oct 12, 2020
That was during communism. There are now talks to rename the country to 'Full'.
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Level 45
Oct 12, 2020
LOL!
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Level 55
Oct 12, 2020
Got Burkina Faso, missed Japan 🤷‍♀️
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2020
This was a very unsatisfying quiz for me. Very quickly turned into just typing as many countries as I could in the allotted time.
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Level 45
Oct 18, 2020
I can't believe my country is in the first place.