Prevalence of obesity in Europe

How much of each European country’s adult population is obese?

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Prevalence of obesity in Europe

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This map gives a good look at the prevalence of obesity in Europe. Although there is no very strong geographic pattern, we can notice some small geographical differences.

The mainland of Western Europe (including Denmark, Italy and Slovenia) seems to have the lowest rate of obesity. The British Isles also stand out, having a higher obesity rate than most other European countries.

Bosnia, Moldova, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy, are the only countries with less than 20% of it’s adult population being obese. Turkey has by far the highest obesity rate in Europe with 32.1% of its population being obese.

How do these numbers compare to other countries around the world? The whole global top 10 is in the Pacific, with Nauru being the highest (61%). The highest outside the top 10 are Kuwait (37.9%) and the US (36.2%). Turkey ranks 17th globally, Malta 28th and the UK 36th. The lowest is Vietnam, where only 2.1% of the adult population is obese.


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