Prevalence of Obesity in South America

What percentage of each country’s adult population in South America is obese?

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Map of the the obesity prevalence in South America.

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The southern part of South America is clearly more obese than the rest of the continent. The most obese country in South America is Argentina, where 28.3% of the population is obese. Chile comes in second, with 28% of its population being obese. Uruguay is third, with 27.9%.

The lowest obesity rates can be found in Peru (19.7%), Ecuador (19.9%) and Bolivia and Guyana (20.2%).

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%). Argentina ranks 30th globally, Chile 32nd and the Uruguay 33rd. The lowest is Vietnam, where only 2.1% of the adult population is obese. Curious about obesity rates in other continents? I’ve made maps about obesity rates before for Europe and Asia and the US.

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