The 10 Fattest Countries in the World

Like it or not, Americans are getting wider and wider by the year. The bad news is that there are countless nations following suit!

The fact of the matter is that we now live in a fast world. With the passage of time, we have faster transportation, faster communication and a whole lot more of everything. With this fast paced lifestyle we find ourselves putting up with rising health concerns, including obesity.

The problem, as research suggests, is becoming graver by the day. As per the statistics revealed by the World Health Organization, nearly 1.6 billion people across the world are either overweight or outright obese. The reasons behind their obesity are rather varied ranging from a luxurious lifestyle to the regular consumption of fried foods. With that, here’s a look into the top 10 fattest countries in the world:

10 Malta

Malta leads the whole of the EU in having the highest rates of overweight and obese individuals. It is believed that around 21.1% of all Maltese citizens are either overweight or obese, thereby making it one of the fattest countries in the world.

9 Mexico


8 Belize


It isn’t just its border that Belize shares with Mexico, the two countries have a common weight issue as well!

7 Kuwait




UAE happens to be a fairly rich and prosperous country where a majority of people get to enjoy a lavish life. However, the outcomes of living a luxurious lifestyle aren’t always great. It is for this particular reason that nearly 47.5% of UAE citizens are overweight with a BMI of between 25 and 30. On the other hand, a full 13% of its citizens are outright obese.

5 Libya


Women in the Arab world are commonly overweight or obese. The reason for this is simple – cultural norms in the Arab world do not encourage women’s mobility. It is for this reason that women in countries like Libya live extremely sedentary lives and binge eat, thereby leaving Libyan women at high risk of obesity.

4 Bahrain


According the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 66% of Bahrain’s adult population has major weight related issues. As with other Arab countries, females are more prone to obesity with about 42.4% of girls between the ages 12 and 17 being obese and 29.9% of boys in the same age range being obese.

3 Venezuela


As per the statistics revealed by the World Health Organization, nearly 67.5% of Venezuelans over 20 years of age are overweight. The reason behind Venezuelans being obese is simple – most of them cannot find enough to eat. The country experiences rigid price controls and a lack of U.S. dollars makes it just about impossible for necessary supplies to even be imported by the country’s largest food company known as Empresas Polar SA. For this reason, even basic necessities like flour and milk are in short supply.


As per data acquired in September 2015, obesity rates are higher than 35% in Mississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas. As for the rest of the states, 22 states have over 30% obese individuals, 45 states are over 25% with the rest being above 20%. On the whole, it is believed that two out of every three Americans is either overweight or obese.

1 Nauru

Obesity has long been a major health concern for the citizens of Nauru. According to statistics revealed by the World Health Organization, nearly 94.5% of the country’s citizens are overweight, and 71.7% of its people are outright obese – the highest in the world.

Nearly ninety percent of the land area in the country is said to be packed full of phosphate deposits, which has made them inarable. For this reason, the people of Nauru rely on importing processed foods that are high in both sugar and fat as they have very little arable land. With their diet being so full of fat and sugar, it is no surprise that Nauru is the fattest country in the world.


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