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Fattest Countries in the World

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Globally, 39% of adults are overweight and 13% are obese, according to the World Health Organization. Here's a look at the countries with the highest percent of overweight adults (people age 15 and over). People are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) is 25 or higher and obese with a BMI or 30 or higher.

RANKCOUNTRY% OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE
1Cook Islands79.4
2Qatar77.8
3Palau77.6
4Nauru75.5
5Kuwait75.2
6United Arab Emirates73.1
7Marshall Islands72.7
8United States72.1
9Andorra72.0
10Niue71.4
11Bahrain70.2
12Tonga69.9
13Australia69.9
14Czech Republic69.6
15Tuvalu69.6
16Samoa69.1
17Canada69.0
18New Zealand68.5
19Malta68.5
20Israel68.2
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Source: World Health Organization, 2016 (date of most recent data, 2014).

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