Statistics of Obesity
for Adults Worldwide

Statistics of obesity in adults from countries all over the world make one thing crystal clear...


We are in the middle of a global epidemic that's taking a serious toll on the health of the world's adults now and on our kid's health in the future.

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What was once thought to be a problem that only wealthy countries had to deal with, obesity has become a problem in virtually every corner of the globe, affecting poor, developing countries now as well.

You only need to take a look at obesity in the U.S. to see how serious the problem is. But keep in mind, the U.S. is not alone. Many other industrialized countries show similar trends.

If you really want to see some shocking facts, check out the childhood obesity statistics. Research shows that the majority of overweight kids grow up to become overweight adults, so data we have about overweight children gives us a good indication of what our future holds.

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Unless we change our eating habits and our level of physical activity, the trend will only get worse.

A great way to make sure you get the exercise you need to stay healthy is to participate regularly in recreational activities you enjoy.


Check out our free kids games for some fun sports activities that will help you burn some calories while having a ball!

Recent studies show that:

  • Overall, more than 1 in 10 of the world’s adult population is obese.

  • 1.6 billion people on the planet are overweight, and 400 million of them are obese.

  • 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than being underweight.

  • The number of overweight people in the world equals the number of underfed people for the first time in history.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2015, there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world, and 700 million of them will be obese.

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See how the countries compare in terms of the adult population that is overweight and obese. Unfortunately, the U.S. tops the list for obesity and runs a close second for overweight.

Top 5 Overweight Countries
(Adults over 20)

  1. Mexico
  2. United States
  3. New Zealand
  4. Australia
  5. United Kingdom

Top 5 Skinniest Countries
(Adults over 20)

  1. Indonesia
  2. India
  3. Japan
  4. China
  5. Korea

How does your country compare?

statistics of obesity - overweight adults

Check out the statistics of obesity for adults over the age of 20 around the the globe.

statistics of obesity for adults

Other topics related to statistics of obesity:

Weight loss camps

Childhood obesity facts

Definition of obesity

Teenage obesity

Fast food and obesity

Causes of weight gain




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