Tipping The Scales: The World’s Most Obese Populations Revealed

We are now a culture and generation that deals in extremes; depressed or the happiest we’ve ever been, starving or stuffed to the point of popping or so skint we can’t even afford a meal deal to buying a totally unnecessary life-sized cardboard cutout of Pamela Anderson from Baywatch, just because, disposable income.

You can’t go on Instagram without either seeing an adonis promoting a protein shake – in the subtly unsubtle way they all do – or locking eyes on a burger-based food challenge that looks like it potentially could offer you shelter from the cold, hard winter months.

No place for the Average Joe in 21st century millennial town.

When was the last time you heard someone say: “That person there is perfectly sized and in proportion”?

Exactly, they’re either always too skinny or too festively plump.

But where in the world are they really tipping the scales the wrong way to obesity?

It’s important to note the above only takes into account obesity within adults, rather than those aged 19 and under – stats often separate children and adolescents. However, there’s a clear link between island lifestyle and living life as an adult clinically overweight.

But the negative connotations and ‘fat-shaming’ culture of more westernised cultures, doesn’t have place within several of the countries in the list above.

For example, Nauru, third on the list with an adult population of 7,674, has a total of 3,499 adults within the obesity category. But those 45.6% of the adult population are viewed with respect and admiration, due to the importance placed on women needing ‘size’ to be deemed worthy of bearing a child, whilst the bigger the man, the greater chance of succeeding in strength-based competitions, apparently. 

Whilst Samoa in fourth place, with 57,598 of 132,715 adults deemed obese, view the love of the flab as a genetic development – food shortage plagued the Samoans for generations, and it is therefore believed that Samoans evolved to genetically stores extra calories in the fat tissue as preserves.

That being said, the end of World War II saw Samoa ditch its fish-heavy diet to a culture of importing a lot of processed goods from overseas – give us a fresh tuna steak above a packet a watery ham any day of the week, though!

The biggest concern on the list, though, will be of no surprise to you, with, no doubt, many predicting the United States of America would be the ones to top the scales.

And although in 19th place in terms of population of percentage, the US runaway in first place in terms of just the sheer numbers of obese adults – 109,342,839 – well over 12,000,000 more than China in second place (but that makes just 14.24% of the Chinese population, aged 20 and over, who are deemed clinically obese).

So, for all you chubby chasers, get yourself over to Samoa; you’ll have a field day.