Top 15 Countries by Percentage of Overweight or Obese Adults

According to several estimates, around 4.72 million people die from obesity worldwide every year. But which are the 15 countries where there are more obese people as a percentage? In which countries has obesity decreased and which has increased? In this article an in-depth look at this topic. Top 15 Countries by Percentage of Obese Adults.

Countries with more overweight or obese adults

In 2016 the first 3 nations with more overweight or obese adults are: Kuwait, Qatar and USA. Kuwait exceeds 70% with 72.1%. Qatar is at 70.3% while the USA has 70.2%. This means that for every 100 people, 70 have problems with their weight in 2016. In the USA this figure was less than 50% in 1988. In fact the USA have appeared in this “Top 15” are from 1988 onwards. The growth in recent years has been constant, with the U.S. becoming the third largest nation in the world today. Among the different nations in the Top 15 of 2016, 5 are in Asia, 6 in Europe, 1 in Oceania, 1 in Africa and 2 in Americas. In general you can see from the video how the growth has been general in many countries.

Obesity in the world: an increasingly growing phenomenon

According to recent estimates, 8% of total deaths can be attributed to obesity. A strong increase compared to 4.5% in 1990. In almost 30 years the problem of obesity has become increasingly serious. To get an even clearer idea every 100 thousand inhabitants 123 die from obesity. In the United States, on the other hand, almost 72 die from obesity for every 100,000 inhabitants.Southeast Asia has an obesity rate among adults that has increased from 0.40% of the total population to 4.70%. In America, the percentage of obese people has risen from 9.50 of the total to 28.60%.

Data source and definitions

A person is defined as overweight if they have a body-mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 25. BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by his or her height in metres squared. Estimates are based on data from a random sample of the general population.
The data sources of this video are: World Health Organization (WHO). Global Health Observatory.

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