Top 10 Fattest Countries in the World “Unbelievable”

When we return back to the past, we will discover that it is difficult to find many people who suffer from obesity, do you know why? The obesity rates were low because people were living a healthy life which is completely different from the life that we are living now. It does not matter whether they eat small or large amounts of food because in both cases they exert a huge effort which makes the large amounts of food that they eat less harmful than they are now. Life in the past depended more on working, using muscles and there were simple tools to the extent that people did not need to specify time for doing exercises as we do now. Nowadays, everything has completely changed as we rarely move, do exercises and we spend most of our time, if it is not all of it, sitting in chairs whether it is for working or even for spending free time. Everything has become easier for us thanks to the modern technology that we have and is going to destroy our life and kill us soon and there is no need to talk about junk food that represents our main meals. If you want to know whether your country suffers from obesity and high rates of BMI or not, take a look at the following top 10 fattest countries in the world. The results are really surprising and shocking.

10. Trinidad and Tobago

The percentage of those who suffer from obesity in Trinidad and Tobago is approximately 30% of the total population. The obesity rate increases more among children and this is because the fast food industry has begun to rise. The average rate of BMI in this country is 26.6 for men and 30.6 for women.

9. Venezuela


It is ranked as the 9th fattest country in the world with a percentage of 30.8% of its total population which increases the risks of hypertension and diabetes among the population. The average of body mass index in Venezuela is 27.8 for men and 27.7 for women.

8. United States


You may have thought that the United States is highly ranked on the list to be at least among the top 5 fattest countries in the world but in fact the percentage of obese people in the United States is lower than other countries on this list as it is 31.8% of the total population which makes the United States the 8th fattest country in the world. The 2nd highest average rate of body mass index can be found in the United States as it records 28.5 for men and 29.0 for women.

7. Mexico


About 32.8% of those who live in Mexico suffer from obesity which makes the country ranked as the 7th fattest country in the world. The problem of obesity started in the 1980’s because of the rise of processed food in the Mexican food market. The government tries to handle this problem through imposing taxes on packaged food with high calories and sugar-saturated drinks which is thought to be greatly effective for controlling the problem of obesity and reducing the consumption of junk or unhealthy food. The average body mass index in Mexico is 27.8 for men and 28.9 for women.

6. South Africa


The percentage of those obese people in South Africa is approximately 33.5% of the total population and this is because of the rise of the fast-food markets and western lifestyle that has started to dominate the original lifestyle in South Africa. Fatness in South Africa was associated before with wealth, but now this has completely changed because of the cheap fast food. The average rate of body mass index in South Africa is 24.3 for men and 28.2 for women.

5. United Arab Emirates 


Although the United Arab Emirates tries to seriously fight obesity through launching challenges and rewarding winners who succeed to lose weight by presenting solid gold to them, the percentage of obesity is still high as it is estimated to be approximately 33.7% of the total population which makes the country ranked as the 5th fattest country in the world and the 2nd country in terms of having the highest diabetes rate. The average body mass index among men in the United Arab Emirates is estimated to be 27.0 and is approximately 29.0 among women.

4. Jordan

The total percentage of obese people in Jordon is approximately 34.3% of total population but the obesity rate among women is much more higher than it is among men as it is nearly 60% ad this is because most of the women in Jordan do not work and do not have the facilities to do exercises or to be more precise exercising in this country is not traditionally accepted for women. The average rate of body mass index in Jordan is 27.2 with an average BMI of 26.1 for men and 28.3 for women.

3. Egypt


Egypt succeeds to be ranked as the 3rd fattest country in the world with a high average rate of body mass index that is estimated to be around 26.7 among men and 30.0 among women. Being overweight is highly appreciated in Egypt especially among women and this increases the percentage of obesity in this country to be 34.6% of total population. Obesity in Egypt comes as a result of high consumption of junk food, soda and ignoring exercising like most of the Arab countries.

2. Saudi Arabia 


Doing exercises is completely ignored in Saudi Arabia especially among women even in public schools and this is because of the type of culture in Saudi Arabia as it is really reserved. Such restrictions increase the problem of obesity to make the percentage of obese people in Saudi Arabia 35.2% of total population. The countless effects of obesity increase rapidly among people who live in Saudi Arabia especially women as you can find that the average body mass index among men is about 26.6 and is 28.0 among women.

1. Kuwait 


Kuwait is the winner on this list as the percentage of obesity in this country is recorded to be the highest among other countries. The percentage of obese people in Kuwait is 42.8% which makes it ranked as the fattest country in the world. The average body mass index for men in Kuwait is estimated to be approximately 27.5 and is about 31.4 for women. The total average of BMI in Kuwait is 29.5 to be the highest if compared to other countries around the world. The problem of obesity has incredibly increased after the boom that Kuwait has witnessed in different aspects of life thanks to the discovery of oil. Living a luxurious life in Kuwait affected people’s thought to the extent that they do not distinguish between junk food which is completely unhealthy and the other types of food which are really healthy and can increase the average life expectancy.

What is really shocking here is that the top 5 places on this list are dominated by Arab countries which shows that the western lifestyle succeeded to invade these countries and affect their people unlike what happens in the western countries that try to tackle this serious problem and save its people from falling into the deep sea of the effects of obesity.

“According to your own point of view”

Do you think that the problem of obesity in Arab countries is more related to

The high standard of living


The desire to westernize the original and traditional lifestyle over there


The absence of awareness?

Sara Nagi

Sara Nagi is an Egyptian writer and activist. After earning a degree in English literature from Cairo University, she began working as a journalist and publishing articles on social issues.Nagi rose to prominence with her debut short story collection "Hawaween" in 2008, which explored feminist themes and was groundbreaking for Arabic literature at the time. She has since published several other acclaimed short story collections and novels that have been translated into multiple languages.In addition to her literary work, Nagi co-founded Basma, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women survivors of violence and single mothers. She has been vocal on women's rights issues in Egypt through columns, public speaking engagements and advocacy campaigns.Her contributions to both Arabic fiction and social activism have earned Nagi several international awards, including the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature from the American University in Cairo. Forbes Middle East recognized her as one of the 100 most powerful Arab women in 2018.Nagi continues to push boundaries with her writing while raising awareness about gender equality through her work with Basma and other organizations.
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