Countries with the Highest Obesity Rates
The increase in desk jobs and technology has led mankind towards a sedentary lifestyle. Even as I am writing this behind the same exact desk, the irony of the message this article is about to deliver is not lost on me. Because as the sedentary lifestyle of people continues to halt the good honest hard work that people used to do back in the day, the problems regarding obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes are becoming a norm rather than the exception. In some countries, especially the Polynesian and other Island nations, the ratio of overweight and obese people is so worrisome that the governments there have started to deploy extensive programs to combat obesity.
The countries listed below have two main reasons of having such high obesity rates. One reason is the sedentary life style with fast food among the core meal choices. Second reason is the cheap calorie rich food that some of the countries have preferred over the years. Let’s shed some light on these rather obese nations.
Qatar has become one of the wealthiest nations in the world as the small oil rich country has reinvented itself in the past three decades. Much like UAE and Saudi Arabia, Qatar has westernized most of its infrastructure along with numerous fast food joints. As a result sedentary lifestyle has become a norm and we see an obesity rate of 32% and growing.
It is said that one in every three Americans is obese. The truth is just a tad bit askew but truth nonetheless. 32.9% of the Americans are obese. Around 50% of the Americans are battling with overweight issues. Considering it is the birthplace of fast food capitalism, the stats aren’t surprising.
Egypt is another country that has benefited from the industrialization in monetary terms. The jury is still out on health as the obesity level in the cities of Egypt is more than twice than that of rural area and again, sedentary lifestyle is the culprit. Around 34% of Egyptians are categorized as obese.
Belize used to be one of those Central American countries where earning your meals took effort. Now the effort is still there for most but people here eat lots of cheap alternatives to healthy meals that are rich in calorie but poor in value. The result is that the country now has 35% obese people.
The issue of Obesity in Barbados has been a cautionary tale. The country has limited resources and there was a 1975 survey which declared 39% of the teenagers as suffering from malnutrition. Fast forward to 2017, 45% of the teenagers are now battling with overweight issues. The country now has a 41% obesity rate which is predicted to increase in coming years.
Kuwait’s high standard of life has caught up to the people living in it. Around 42% of the total population has obesity problems. If that wasn’t enough of a problem, the country has the highest percentage of Liposuctions. It seems that the people of Kuwait just don’t want to quit eating unhealthy things.
Kiribati is a small Island nation that consists of atolls and Isles with a population of over 100,000. The obesity problem of the Polynesian people starts here. According to a recent survey, around 50% of the total population is actually obese. 80% are actually considered overweight. The reason is because the traditional and healthy foods have been replaced by energy-rich foods that have poor nutrition value.
Another Polynesian country that has a lot of Islands, Micronesia has over 100,000 people spread over 600 Islands. The country is known for its resort and beaches. The easy going lifestyle, abundance of seafood and now imported goods have led to an obesity rate of 85%
Tonga is considered one of the fattest countries in the world and it is just beaten by American Samoa in our rankings. Around 90% of the people here are overweight, most of them are obese. The overweight problem in Tonga is the replacement of traditional foods with energy-rich and cheap foods like mutton flaps.
When a country has over 90% of its adult population declared as obese or overweight, you are doing some things wrong as a government body. The healthcare sector has urged the people of this US territory to adapt healthy lifestyle as the prevalence for high blood pressure, cholesterol and type-2 diabetes is one of the highest in the world. Again, cheap energy rich food with low nutrition value has been the perpetrator in a Pacific Island nation.
List of Top 10 Countries with the Highest Obesity Rates in the World
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