Few years back, the World Health Organization had predicted that in 2015, the chronic disease epidemic, by the name of obesity would affect close to 2.3 billion people in the world. We crossed that mark in the year 2013! Two years before the projected date! In 1997, the WHO had formally recognized obesity as a global epidemic, resulting in thousands and thousands of preventable deaths. Here are some of the most corpulent or for the lack of a better word, fattest countries in the world.
- Canada 25.3%
Obesity in Canada is indeed a sorry state of affair. In the period, 2007-2009 close to 25.5 percent of the adult populace of the country was obese and 24.9 percent of the children suffered from obesity. This is a growing number. Since then the latest surveys have shown that the number has increased exponentially! About 61% of the people have the body mass index or BMI of more than 25. Soon, obesity would surpass smoking as the leading cause of the preventable cause of mortality on an organized large scale.
- Chile 25.1%
Though, Chile is ranked 23 on the Forbes list in 2007 of countries with people having more body mass index than they should have, yet for obesity chile ranks even higher. With about 25.1 percent of its population suffering from it, Chile is one of the leading developing nation with this problem. According to the data collected in the year 2009-2010, about 25 percent of the Chilean adult population is overweight and almost as much percent of the children are obese as well.
- New Zealand 26.5%
New Zealand’s obesity problem is one of the most important healthcare issues in the country. New Zealand has the second highest number of obese people in the Anglosphere–a collection of English-speaking countries of the world. Close to twenty-seven percent of the adult New Zealanders score heavily on the BMI index and its a growing number in children as well. This problem seems to have affected people across all age group and ethnicity in New Zealand.
- Egypt 31%
Sadly, Egypt has been labeled as the fattest African nation. In 1996, Egypt had the highest BMI in the entire world. Oils, sugar, and fats occupy a cultural place in the cuisines of Egypt and thus their consumption is favored upon. High-calorie intake is a cultural norm which is accepted in Egypt. In 2012, close to forty percent of the adult female population is obese and about 22 percent of the male populace is overweight as well. Due to the accepted lifestyle trend, obesity has translated into the younger generation as well.
- Libya 31.1%
Although Obesity is a global epidemic, its effect can not be felt more, outside of Middle East, Northern Africa, and the American continent. Libya is in a small cluster of North African countries adjoined by the Middle East, this region is the most affected with obesity in the world. About, thirty percent of adult Libyan citizens are overweight, and this has lead to an explosive increase in the medical cases related to obesity, such as Type-2 diabetes. Because of such surge in the number, the expenditure of Libyan government on health care has increased to about 3.88% of its GDP.
- Mexico 33%
Since the wildly popular introduction of processed in Mexican markets during the 1980s, the Mexican nutrition problem has faced a new factor, which is obesity. On one hand, a part of Mexican population still suffers from Malnutrition while the other half suffers from overweight conditions and obesity. About a third of the country has been estimated to be clinically obese. Though Mexican government has been trying to combat with this issue and even assigned seven percent of its GDP to nutrition management, yet it is an uphill battle for this country.
- The United States of America 34%
The largest country with the largest number of obese people in the Anglosphere is the United States of America. With close to thirty-four percent of its population diagnosed with clinical obesity, America has seen the quickest and largest increase of a number of people suffering from obesity in the American continent. Close to 400,000 deaths in the United States of America has been directly or indirectly linked with obesity. The problem is distributed unevenly across the ethnic groups in the country, with the African American community more in its grasp than the Hispanic or the white community.
- Saudi Arabia 35%
Saudi Arabia has one of the highest numbers of recorded cases of death due to obesity. This is because of the loopholes in the health care provided by the nation. The biggest problem in Saudi Arabia is the fact that obesity-related surgeries are not covered under the national Saudi healthcare. This has resulted in countless preventable deaths, which required intervention surgeries for survival. Close to thirty-five percent of the population is classified as obese and about sixty percent has been found to be otherwise overweight.
- Qatar 36%
It is an accepted thing to be overweight and obese within Qatari society. Another Middle Eastern country on this list, Qatar suffers from a cultural dependence on food. It is generally consumed with others in the community making it a societal norm. Therefore, it becomes nearly impossible to ensure proper nutrition and portion in one’s diet. Although the type of food eaten has changed, the cultural traditions surrounding food have not. One who does not eat when the food is offered, it is considered shameful and offensive. Qatar has one of the highest numbers of obese or overweight people and by a survey conducted in 2012, about 36 percent of the people were obese.
- Kuwait 50.4%
The country afflicted with the worst case of corpulence is the geographically small state of Kuwait, which has more than half the population over the mark of obesity. The percentage of overweight people crosses even further lines and is considered to be close to 75 percent. Kuwait has been named as the fattest nation on the earth, with over 250,000 overweight people, 50,000 of which are in dire need of surgical procedures.
It is indeed sad to see the ironical state of affairs in which half the population on earth is dying of hunger and the other half dying of preventable diseases which are a direct result of being overweight.