‘You are what you eat’, this is a common quote in medical fields today. It follows the recent rise in cases of obesity around the globe. According to world health organisation, obesity is one of the rising health risks in countries across the globe with developed and developing countries on the spot.
In actual fact, it is one of the growing concerns among health organisations costing taxpayers huge chunks of money to manage. A condition highly attributed to poor eating habits and lack of adequate physical activity, obesity also poses a big risk of developing other chronic illnesses. It is owing to this concern that I have created a list of top 10 countries with highest obesity rate in the world.
Checkout the list of top 10 top 10 countries with highest obesity rate in the world in 2017-2018
10. United States
One of the biggest countries in the world in terms of population, economy and industrialisation among others, United States takes the tenth position among the most obese countries in the world. A documentary titles “Supersize me” outlines the country as one with a high addiction to junk food. 31.8% of the population in the country is currently considered to be obese. This is made up of high numbers of middle class citizens who find little or no time off their busy schedules to make healthy food or engage in physical activities other that those outlined in their occupations. Numerous campaign and embracing better and convenient working practices in modern times are among the efforts being employed to reduce prevalence of the condition.
Unlike United States, Mexico experienced introduction of processed and junk foods just a few decades ago. This came as solitude for majority of citizens keen to change from the traditional eating habits of fresh produce. To add to this Mexico ranks among the biggest consumers of coca-cola an indication of high prevalence of unhealthy beverages. With the revelations on the risk of obesity which stands at 38.2% of the population, the government has been crafting mechanisms to reduce intake of unhealthy foods among them increase of tax on sodas that translates directly to high cost for the drink. The measures however are still fresh and impact yet to be felt.
Qatar is a country that rose to instant riches from natural resources. With the rise, cam change of lifestyle and hence a direct impact on health. On the basis of per capita income, Qatar is the world’s richest country but most of its current resources are channeled to address the growing need for healthcare. Cases of chronic conditions associated with obesity are on the rise by each day as more joint to sell junk food continue to sprout in the country. With the prevalence rate currently standing at 33.1% of the population, chances of escalation are still high if adequate measures are not put in place to curb the situation.
7. South Africa
It sounds strange to have a country from the poverty-stricken continent on the list of countries with high obesity rates. Research however indicates that prevalence of obesity is quite high in poor and developing nations. Like the case in South Africa, the cause is attributed to poor eating habits where citizens consume high amounts of unhealthy foods that have little impact in the body’s nourishment. Prevalence of obesity in the African nation currently stands at 33.5% placing it in the seventh position globally. Its prevalence is quite clear with more than half of medical deaths in the country being attributed to chronic conditions associated with obesity.
6. United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates is an oil rich country. Like Dubai, the country gained its rich success from natural deposits and this occasioned a change in citizen’s lifestyle. In a country where being fat is traditionally considered to be a sign of wealth it was straight forward for people to rush for junk foods once they were introduced. With the nation’s wealth, the cost of living is greatly subsidized and this also encourages lack of physical activity among citizens. These are among the leading causes of obesity being witnessed in the country. The tradition notion about consideration of fatness as a sign of wealth is also prevalent on some quarters of the country and this only aggravates the situation.
With a prevalence rate of 34.3%, Jordan ranks in the fifth position among the most obese countries. Like most of the oil rich nations of Middle East, the condition is attributed to the high rate of inactivity among the citizens. Statistic in the country indicates that the number of cases in women is twice that of men. Research indicates these results from the fact that after marriage most women are confined to their homes where the only available activity is to feed their bodies with no form of physical activity to burn the excessive calories deposited in the body by each day.
Despite being one of the oldest nations on the globe, Egypt experienced industrialization only a few decades ago. With this, high rural to urban migration was experienced and as well a reduction in physical activity among the citizens. It is in this regard that the prevalence of obesity is considered to be twice higher in urban areas when compared to the rural areas. With prevalence of the condition standing at 34.6%, Egypt is the leading African country with cases of obesity.
This is a little known country in Central America. Despite being unknown, it is the leading country with cases of obesity in central and south of American continent. More to this, the country leads with being a country where cases of obesity are increasing at extremely high rates. The country currently has a prevalence rate of 34.9% a figure likely to increasing if the current trends do not change. The situation in much grave when compared to its southern American counterparts considered to be wealthier including Chile and Argentina.
2. Saudi Arabia
Like Belize, Saudi Arabia is also a nation that has seen a fast rise in cases obesity in recent years. According to the Forbes magazine, Saudi Arabia was not anywhere in the list of top 30 fattest countries a decade ago. Today, it takes the second position in the list with a prevalence rate of 35.2%. There are claims that the situation may even be worse than the rating with some insider revelations purporting that the estimated prevalence could approximate to 70%. With no insurance coverage for obesity and related illnesses in the country, the citizens of Saudi Arabia are required to cough hefty sums to manage the condition.
Leading the pack of most obese nations is Kuwait. A country of small population numbers of approximately 3.5 million citizens, the prevalence of obesity stands at 42.8%. This statistically is a number near half the population. Reeling from richness of oil, the country is said to consist of a population extremely hungry for junk foods. The resulting factor is that over five thousand stomach staple procedures are performed every year considering its population.
Obesity is one of the easiest health conditions to manage. It only requires feeding on the right diet and engaging in adequate physical activity. However, lack of knowledge, ignorance and deception has led many astray. While obesity is a global concern, the top 10 countries with highest obesity rate in the world are an indication of the danger in which the world lies if adequate measures are not put in place.