Top 10 Obese Countries In The World
- Republic of Nauru: Percentage of population that is obese: 61%
Nauru has rapidly replaced its traditional diet of fresh fruit, fish, and vegetables with fried chicken and cola.
- Cook Islands: 55.9%
Lurking behind the paradise of the Cook Islands is a deadly obesity epidemic.
- Palau: 55.3%
Residents of Palau suffer from increased levels of life threatening diseases, such as hypertension.
- Marshall Islands: 52.9%
Sixty years ago, diabetes was practically unheard of in the Marshall Islands.
- Tuvalu: 51.6%
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%
Nine of the world’s ten most obese countries are in the Pacific.
- Tonga: 48.32%
Up to 40% of the Tongan population has type 2 diabetes. (Donyanedomam / Getty Images)
- Samoa: 47.3%
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%
Globalization introduced processed and calorie-dense food, such as Spam and corned beef. (Jody Jacobson / Getty Images)
- Kuwait: 37.9
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.