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Who are the fattest in Europe? Which countries are the most overweight and obese and where do Britain and the UK rank globally?

A NEW report has once again highlighted the problem of obesity in the United Kingdom.

According to the World Health Organisation, we rank third in the European obesity table.

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Which countries are the most overweight and obese?

The WHO says 13 per cent of the world’s adult population is obese and 39 per cent over weight.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) score of more than 30 while tally higher than 25 is seen as overweight.

In Europe, Turkey has an obesity rate of 31.1 per cent, followed by Malta on 28.9 per cent and the United Kingdom on 27.8 per cent.

The figures were revealed in a report from the WHO, which looked at 53 nations it considers to be in Europe.

The European average was 23.33 per cent with Tajikistan the lowest scoring country with 14.2 per cent of its population obese.

These are the top 15 fattest countries in Europe, with the UK coming in third

A report from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, made up of 35 major economies, found the United States to be the most obese country.

In America 38.2 per cent of the population over the age of 15 is obese.

Mexico is second with 32.4 per cent of the population and New Zealand is third with 30.7 per cent.

By contrast, the OECD found that just 3.2 per cent of Japanese were obese.

The WHO and Imperial College London conducted a different study on obesity in 200 countries.

It found that a whopping 94 per cent of the population of American Samoa was overweight or obese.

Where do Britain and the UK rank globally?

In the OECD study, the United Kingdom came sixth in the world, just behind Australia.

According to Public Health England almost 60 per cent more children in their last year of primary school are classified as "severely obese" than in their first year.


Earlier this year, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned that UK schoolkids were now fatter than those in America.

They are piling on the pounds so fast that obesity is in danger of becoming the norm.

If the trend continues, three-quarters of men and two-thirds of women will be overweight by 2030.
The WHO study said Brits were the unfortunate “world champions” for drinking, downing 24 per cent more alcohol than the European average.


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