A RECENT study showed that 700m people across the world are obese.
These maps show obesity levels around the world - with red showing countries with the highest proportion of people classified as obese and green having the lowest proportion.
Interestingly, although countries in North America and Europe appear prominent on the global map owing to their size, the countries with the biggest obesity problems are almost exclusively found in the Pacific Islands - with American Samoa (74.6 per cent of the population), Nauru (71.1 per cent) and Cook Islands (63.7 per cent) making up the top three.
Australia is ranked 44 with 26.8% of our population considered obese, sandwiched between Spain and the UK.
New Zealand is heavier at number 34 on the list and the United States -- with its love of all things fattening -- was ranked 18, with 33% of its population considered obese.
Check out the charts below:
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