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Food Security Index update

World's most obese nation? Kuwait (and the next four are Middle Eastern)

Obesity sheikh up: More than 40% of Kuwaitis are obese

03-Nov-2014 - Kuwait has the world’s highest percentage of obese people – 42.8% of its population is obese – and the next four fattest countries are also from the Middle East region, according to an updated Food Security Index (FSI).

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