The World's 5 Fattest and 5 Thinnest Countries and How They Got That Way

Being on either end of the weight spectrum is bad news; here are the top five countries in those spots, and how they got there
The World's 5 Fattest and 5 Thinnest Countries and How They Got That Way

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It’s no secret that obesity is an epidemic that stretches worldwide, with inactive lifestyles, large portions, junk food, fast food, and lack of knowledge about healthy options all contributing to the problem. Plus, I don’t know if you know this, but unhealthy food often tastes pretty great. If you’re being introduced to new and tasty (and yes, fatty) food for the first time as a nation, it might be hard to resist.

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On the flip side, however, hunger and malnourishment are also a huge problem. Many countries lack access to safe, nutritious food — or ample food, period — and many aren’t educated on what should actually be included in a healthy diet. This, along with disease, keeps weight down and people unhealthy. Remember, this isn’t a list of the fattest and fittest countries, but instead the thinnest in general. Sorry for the spoiler, but being on this end of the spectrum isn’t a good thing either.

The following data was collected from a study by the World Health Organization, and for the purposes of this article, it should be noted that “country” includes all nations, sovereign states, and territories of the world.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering (because you probably are), the United States ranks as the 20th fattest overall.

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