Most obese countries

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), countries such as China, India, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico are seeing a sharp rise in obesity along with GDP growth.

Countries that once struggled to feed their populations now have to grapple with the exact opposite problem. Over the past decades, obesity rates in developing countries have grown much faster than incomes of the population, overtaking developed countries in terms of the same indicator.

One in seven Mexican adults is obese, second only to the United States.

In the US, 68% of adults are overweight, 40% of US children are overweight, and 50% of them are obese.

In Europe, Germany is the leader in the number of fatty people, with an annual cost of about 21.7 billion euros for the treatment of diseases associated with obesity.

In China, it is estimated that over 100 million people are obese, up from 18 million in 2005.

In Brazil, the largest increase in obesity is observed among children. Today, about 16% of Brazilian boys and 12% of girls between the ages of five and nine are overweight; 20 years ago there were four times less of them.

In Russia, there is no clear official statistics on obese people. According to experts, more than half of the population in Russia is overweight.

In India, obesity is less common than any other country in the world: 1% among men and 2% among women (2008 WHO data)

Japan and South Korea have low obesity rates of 3% and 4%, respectively.