It’s one of the most remote islands in the world, with picturesque beaches, golden sands and even an underground lake.
However, the Pacific island of Nauru doesn’t just top the list for being one of the most luxurious holiday destinations.
Because the data shows that it is actually the fattest country in the world.
Almost nine out of 10 are overweight on the island, which is a four-and-a-half-hour flight from Brisbane.
10 heaviest countries in the world
1. Nauru – 88.5%
2. Palau – 85.1%
3. Cook Islands – 84.7%
4. Marshall Islands – 83.5%
5. Tuvalu – 81.9%
6. Niue – 80.0%
7. Kiribati – 78.7%
8. Tonga – 78.5%
9. Samoa – 77.6%
10. Micronesia – 75.9%
10 least overweight countries in the world
1. Vietnam – 18.3%
2. India – 19.7%
3. Bangladesh – 20.0%
4. Ethiopia – 20.9%
5. Nepal – 21.0%
6. Timor – 21.6%
7. Cambodia – 21.7%
8. Eritrea – 22.0%
9. Niger – 22.0%
10. Burundi – 22.2%
In contrast, Vietnam is known as the thinnest country.
In a recent global study, only 18.3% of the Southeast Asian country’s population was recorded as overweight or obese.
Our World in Data has published a fascinating interactive map – which MailOnline app users can view by clicking here – illustrating the huge disparity in obesity rates.
The data comes from a 2016 compilation of data from 195 countries around the world.
It shows that more than one third (or 39%) of adults in the world are overweight or obese.
Some 64% of Brits and 68% of Americans are also obese, the figures show.
These statistics come from the Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors Collaboration, which recorded trends for 128.9 million people worldwide between 1975 and 2016.
It looked at weight data, specifically the number of people who were underweight, overweight or obese.
According to Our World in Data, obesity rates fell in no country during this period.
The ten most obese countries in the world are all located in the Pacific, with Palau reporting the second highest rate of overweight or obese adults at 85.1%.
This was followed by the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu at 84.7%, 83.5% and 81.9% respectively.
Outside the Pacific, Kuwait reported a growth rate of 73.4%, ranking eleventh.
In the ranking of 195 countries, the US ranks 15th, Australia 25th and the UK 30th.
Nauru, the world’s third-smallest country, has the highest rate of adults who are obese or overweight at 88.5 per cent.Above is the Buada Lagoon in Nauru
Vietnam has the lowest rate of obesity and adult overweight in the world at 18.3%.Above, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
How to Calculate Your Body Mass Index – and What It Means
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on the ratio of your weight to your height.
- BMI = (weight in pounds / (height in inches x height in inches)) x 703
- BMI = (weight in kilograms/(height in meters x height in meters))
- Under 18.5 years: reduce holdings
- 18.5 – 24.9: healthy
- 25 – 29.9: overweight
- 30 – 39.9: obesity
- 40+: Morbidly obese
Overweight was defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, while obesity was recorded as adults with a BMI of 30 or more.
A healthy person’s BMI — calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters and then using height — is between 18.5 and 24.9.
Obesity is a risk factor for several leading causes of death in the world, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and various types of cancer.
Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity, can also lead to complications such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney problems.
According to The Lancet Global Burden of Disease Study 2017, 4.7 million people died prematurely due to obesity in 2017.
In the UK, obesity and associated diseases cost the NHS around £6.1 billion a year, rising to more than £9.7 billion a year by 2050.
More than 30,000 people are believed to die in the UK every year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that obesity costs the U.S. healthcare system nearly $173 billion a year.
According to Our World in Data, 13% of adults aged 18 and over globally were recorded as obese in 2016.
In contrast, India has the second-highest rate of overweight or obese at 19.7 percent, after Vietnam, which has the lowest proportion of the population.
Bangladesh ranks third in the world with 20.0% accuracy.
In most high-income countries, about two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.