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:

Country Prevalence of obesity among adults (%)
Czech Republic 28.7
Slovenia 27
Malta 26.6
Russian Federation 24.9
United Kingdom 24.9
Hungary 24.8
Lithuania 24.7
Slovakia 24.6
Ireland 24.5
Andorra 24.2
Bosnia & Herzegovina 24.2
Spain 24.2
Belarus 23.4
Luxembourg 23.4
Poland 23.2
Serbia 23
Latvia 22
Iceland 21.9
Montenegro 21.8
Portugal 21.6
Bulgaria 21.4
Croatia 21.3
Germany 21.3
Albania 21.1
Moldova 20.4
Macedonia 20.3
Ukraine 20.1
Finland 19.9
Norway 19.8
Belgium 19.1
Estonia 18.9
Austria 18.3
Romania 17.7
Greece 17.5
Italy 17.2
Sweden 16.6
Denmark 16.2
Netherlands 16.2
France 15.6
Switzerland 14.9

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:

Country Prevalence of obesity among adults (%)
Mexico 32.8
United States 31.8
Syria 31.6
Venezuela 30.8
Libya 30.8
Trinidad & Tobago 30
Vanuatu 29.8
Iraq 29.4
Argentina 29.4
Turkey 29.3
Chile 29.1
Czech Republic 28.7
Lebanon 28.2
New Zealand 27
Slovenia 27
El Salvador 26.9
Malta 26.6
Panama 25.8
Antigua 25.8
Israel 25.5
Australia 25.1
Saint Vincent 25.1
Dominica 25
United Kingdom 24.9
Russia 24.9


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