Czech Republic Fattest Country in Europe

Czech Republic Fattest Country in Europe

According to the State of Food and Agriculture 2013 report by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (www.fao.org), the Czech Republic ranks as the fattest country in Europe, based on the prevalence of obesity among adults. 28.7% of adults in the Czech Republic are considered obese based on the figures, which are dated 2008. Slovenia ranks second at 27%. 

Other notable figures: the UK clocks in at 24.9%, Slovakia rates 24.6%, and Germany 21.3%. France and Switzerland rate as the least obese nations, with 15.6% and 14.9%, respectively. Here’s the full list:



CountryPrevalence of obesity among adults (%)
Czech Republic28.7
Slovenia27
Malta26.6
Russian Federation24.9
United Kingdom24.9
Hungary24.8
Lithuania24.7
Slovakia24.6
Ireland24.5
Andorra24.2
Bosnia & Herzegovina24.2
Spain24.2
Belarus23.4
Luxembourg23.4
Poland23.2
Serbia23
Latvia22
Iceland21.9
Montenegro21.8
Portugal21.6
Bulgaria21.4
Croatia21.3
Germany21.3
Albania21.1
Moldova20.4
Macedonia20.3
Ukraine20.1
Finland19.9
Norway19.8
Belgium19.1
Estonia18.9
Austria18.3
Romania17.7
Greece17.5
Italy17.2
Sweden16.6
Denmark16.2
Netherlands16.2
France15.6
Switzerland14.9
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You can download the entire State of Food and Agriculture 2013 report from the website of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The obesity index can be found on page 73. 

What about global figures? Using the FOA data, a Yahoo! News report claims that the United States is no longer the world’s fattest “developed” nation – having been surpassed by Mexico.  The Czech Republic clocks in at number 12. Here’s their top 25:

CountryPrevalence of obesity among adults (%)
Mexico32.8
United States31.8
Syria31.6
Venezuela30.8
Libya30.8
Trinidad & Tobago30
Vanuatu29.8
Iraq29.4
Argentina29.4
Turkey29.3
Chile29.1
Czech Republic28.7
Lebanon28.2
New Zealand27
Slovenia27
El Salvador26.9
Malta26.6
Panama25.8
Antigua25.8
Israel25.5
Australia25.1
Saint Vincent25.1
Dominica25
United Kingdom24.9
Russia24.9


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