As of 2008, 26.8% of Australia's population was considered obese.
As of 2008, 26.8% of Australia's population was considered obese.

Australia a chubby orange on map of world obesity

A RECENT study showed that 700m people across the world are obese.

These maps show obesity levels around the world - with red showing countries with the highest proportion of people classified as obese and green having the lowest proportion.

The graphics were created by Clinic Compare using data from the CIA's World Factbook and show that obesity is a problem affecting every continent.

Interestingly, although countries in North America and Europe appear prominent on the global map owing to their size, the countries with the biggest obesity problems are almost exclusively found in the Pacific Islands - with American Samoa (74.6 per cent of the population), Nauru (71.1 per cent) and Cook Islands (63.7 per cent) making up the top three.

Australia is ranked 44 with 26.8% of our population considered obese, sandwiched between Spain and the UK.

New Zealand is heavier at number 34 on the list and the United States -- with its love of all things fattening -- was ranked 18, with 33% of its population considered obese.

Check out the charts below:

Top 10 obese nations
Top 10 obese nations

 

As of 2008, 26.8% of Australia's population was considered obese.
As of 2008, 26.8% of Australia's population was considered obese.

 

The United States has an obesity rate of more than 33%
The United States has an obesity rate of more than 33%

 

 



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