The Stats


Qatar is one of the tubbiest nations in the world.

About 75 percent of Qataris are overweight and 40 percent are obese or morbidly obese, according to the latest figures from the National Health Strategy 2011-2016.

Some experts predict that 73 percent of Qatari women and 69 percent of Qatari men will be obese by 2015.

About 16.7 percent of Qatari adults are diabetic, according to a study conducted by researchers at Hamad Medical Corporation in conjunction with researchers at other institutions, published in 2009.

The NHS reports that among Qatar’s resident population, which includes both expats and Qataris, about 71 percent of all residents are overweight and 32 percent are obese or morbidly obese. More than 50 percent of the population does not engage in any regular physical activity. Qatar has the second highest prevalence of overweight and obese people in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, about 20.2 percent of the country’s overall adult population suffers from diabetes; in comparison, only about 8.5 percent of the adult population worldwide is diabetic. Recent studies show Qatar ranks the 4th highest in diabetes in the world and the second highest in the GCC.

Chart by Elysia Windrum

Charts by Latifa Saad Alrumaihi


Feb. 21, 2012: Charts and data above have been updated to further clarify information provided.


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  10. Hello,

    I hope you are well.

    I am trying to find statistics on obesity and overweight for the population of Qatar, over a period of time.
    I have tried the WHO and GHO but can only retrieve statistics from 2008. Ideally, i want to start 1980, to show the changes over the years.
    Can you help?

    Kind Regards,


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