Top 10 Obese Countries in the World
Top 10 Obese Countries in the World

Top 10 Obese Countries in the World

By Karin Lehnardt, Senior Writer
Published September 1, 2018
  • Republic of Nauru: Percentage of population that is obese: 61%[2]
  • Nauru Obesity
    Nauru has rapidly replaced its traditional diet of fresh fruit, fish, and vegetables with fried chicken and cola.

  • Cook Islands: 55.9%[1]
  • Cook Island Obesity
    Lurking behind the paradise of the Cook Islands is a deadly obesity epidemic.

  • Palau: 55.3%[3]
  • Top Ten Lists
    Residents of Palau suffer from increased levels of life threatening diseases, such as hypertension.

  • Marshall Islands: 52.9%[8]
  • Worldwide Obesity Levels
    Sixty years ago, diabetes was practically unheard of in the Marshall Islands.

  • Tuvalu: 51.6%[6]
  • Global Obesity Levels
    Because the island is so small, a single tourist resort, fast-food chain, or trade deal has a much more profound effect on society than it would, say, in India.

  • Niue: 50%[4]
  • Niue Obesity
    Nine of the world's ten most obese countries are in the Pacific.

  • Tonga: 48.32%[10]
  • Tonga Facts
    Up to 40% of the Tongan population has type 2 diabetes. (Donyanedomam / Getty Images)

  • Samoa: 47.3%[9]
  • Top 10 Obese List
    In the 1950s, U.S. poultry farms began dumping unwanted fatty turkey tails into markets in Samoa, where they soon became a Samoan favorite.

  • Kiribati: 46%[7]
  • Obese Fact
    Globalization introduced processed and calorie-dense food, such as Spam and corned beef. (Jody Jacobson / Getty Images)

  • Kuwait: 37.9[5]
  • Top 10 Obese Countries
    The very first McDonald’s restaurant in Kuwait appeared on a U.S. military base during the 1991 invasion of Iraq. Since then, obesity rates have skyrocketed.


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