The US once again tops the list as the most obese country, followed by Kuwait and Croatia. The research is detailed online in journal BMC Public Health.
To reach their national estimates, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine used World Health Organization data from 2005. According to the BBC, the scientists worked out that the average global body weight was 137 lbs, but there were large regional differences.
In North America, the average was 178 lbs, while in Asia it was 127 lbs. That means that while Asia accounts for 61 percent of the global population, according to the BBC, it only accounts for some 13 percent of the weight of the world due to obesity.
Heaviest 10 (for nations with more than 100,000 people):
1. United States
6. United Arab Emirates
7. Trinidad and Tobago
1. North Korea
5. Democ. Rep. of the Congo
7. Sri Lanka
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) also recently ranked the US as having the most overweight and obese adults, while Mexico, Australia, and Canada also were cited as having populations exceeding 60 percent overweight. Look to Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia and China for thinner adults (1-4% obese).