Obesity Rates Around the World (Infographic)

Posted on December 15, 2016 and updated December 23, 2016 in Infographics, Life Insurance Canada News 2 min read

Obesity is not a disease, but it can lead to a wide range of health conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, as well as breast, colon and prostate cancer. Obesity is classified as having a body mass index over 30 kg/m2. The problem exists all over the world and has seen a steady increase over the past few decades.

According to the CIA’s World Factbook, the most obese countries are smaller nations such as American Samoa (74.6%), Nauru (71%), Cook Islands (63.7%) and Tokelau (63.4%), indicating there is no direct connection between obesity and the economic status of a country. Canada comes in at #48 on the list.

The World Health Organization says that a shortage of food and rising prices contribute to obesity in underdeveloped countries because the people find it difficult to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Filling up on empty calories and fried foods is usually their only option. The scorching heat is also a factor because people’s physical activity levels are seriously reduced in extreme temperatures. The African continent is the exception, not including South Africa which has adopted many westernized lifestyles and become quite obese.

Pacific Island nations aside, the top 10 most obese countries in the world, according to World Obesity, are: 

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