The World’s Fattest Countries

worldobesity_625x350_51422440031 worldobesity_625x350_51422440031You might think United States tops the list of the Fattest Countries in the World but you’d be wrong. Close, but wrong. According to the recent Global Status Report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), there’s a new winner, if we can call it that, and it’s the Pacific Islands, east of Australia. Yes, much to everyone’s bewilderment, obesity in the Pacific Islands, nations in the South Pacific Ocean east of Australia and Fiji is through the roof.
According to WHO, a person with a BMI of 30 of more is considered obese while someone with a BMI of 25 to 29 is considered overweight.
Looking at the reasons, it’s interesting to note why obesity has become rampant in these islands. Some experts note that over time, wholesome and traditional foods in these islands such as meat, fruits, fish and vegetables have been replaced by ‘energy-dense and nutrient poor’ foods like canned meats, sugar, flour, rice, beer and soft drinks.
The report notes, “Obesity has been increasing in all countries. In 2014, 39% of adults aged 18 years and older (38% of men and 40% of women) were overweight. The worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly doubled between 1980 and 2014. In 2014, 11% of men and 15% of women worldwide were obese. Thus, more than half a billion adults worldwide are classed as obese.”
WHO has also released a few maps that show the obesity rates of men and women around the world. Interestingly, the report highlights that overall, women are more likely to be obese than men. “In the African, South-East Asia, and Eastern Mediterranean regions, women have roughly double the obesity prevalence of men,” the report says.

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