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Index / Health /
Overweight


This overview shows the percentage of population over the age of 15 with a BMI (Body Mass Index) at 25 or higher. 24.9 is considered normal weight. Overweight is a BMI over 25, obesity is a BMI over 30. Calculating a persons BMI is done this way

Weigh in kilograms²
divided by
Height in centimetres

The overview takes its data from World Health Organization. The number of obese are also included in the overweight table; hence the two figures shall not be added together. This table should be considered together with the overview of Malnutrition.

Overweight Obesity
MENA rank Women Men Women Men
1. Sudan 23% 29% 17% 3% 5% 1%
2. Yemen 27% 29% 25% 4% 5% 2%
3. Algeria 40% 46% 34% 9% 13% 5%
4. Mauritania 42% 55% 30% 13% 23% 4%
5. Morocco 43% 55% 31% 12% 21% 4%
6. Iraq 45% 51% 40% 12% 17% 7%
7. Oman 46% 48% 43% 11% 15% 8%
8. Tunisia 51% 59% 43% 19% 30% 8%
9. Syria 53% 57% 48% 17% 22% 11%
10. Lebanon 53% 54% 52% 20% 25% 15%
11. Libya 53% 58% 49% 17% 23% 12%
12. Iran 53% 58% 49% 19% 27% 10%
13. Turkey 57% 66% 48% 22% 33% 11%
14. Israel 57% 58% 57% 20% 24% 16%
15. Jordan 61% 63% 58% 28% 36% 20%
16. Qatar 61% 64% 58% 23% 29% 17%
17. Saudi Arabia 64% 64% 63% 28% 38% 23%
18. Bahrain 64% 67% 61% 28% 35% 21%
19. UAE 68% 70% 67% 32% 39% 25%
20. Egypt 69% 74% 65% 34% 46% 22%
21. Kuwait 74% 79% 70% 41% 53% 30%
Palestine N/A





By Tore Kjeilen