Obesity and overweight are defined as an excessive accumulation of fat in the body, which may be detrimental to health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2014, over 1.9 billion adults are overweight. Among them, 600 million are obese. Here is the ranking of the 10 countries most affected by obesity.
WHO defines obesity with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30. There are several reasons behind this phenomenon, including:
- Intake of high calorie and fat foods.
- A sedentary lifestyle that does not encourage people to practice regular physical activity.
- This phenomenon can have serious health consequences, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Musculoskeletal or joint disorders including osteoarthritis
- Some types of cancer
So what are the countries with the highest percentage of obese people? The study was conducted by 150 researchers from the medical journal The Lancet. In the top 10, the United States ranked first, with 33% of its adult population suffering from obesity.
Today, obesity affects about 30% of the world population. Note that the top ten countries alone account for half of obese people in the world.
The ranking of countries that suffer most from obesity
The United States: 78 million obese, 33% of adults
China: 46 million obese, 4.4% of adults
India: 30 million obese, or 3.8% of adults
Russia: 28 million obese, 24.1% of adults
Brazil: 22 million obese, 16.2% of adults
Mexico: 20 million obese, 26.9% of adults
Egypt: 18 million obese, 35.9% of adults
Germany: 16 million obese, 24.3% of adults
Pakistan: 14 million obese, 13.6% of adults
Indonesia: 11 million obese, 6.8% of adults
The UN goal is to halt the rise of obesity in the world by 2025 by raising awareness about the excessive intake of calories and lack of physical activity.
Obesity is a serious health hazard. It is therefore advisable to adopt a healthy diet and avoid processed foods. Prefer fruits and vegetables, and practice regular physical activity.