We’re Not The Fattest Nation Anymore! (for now…)

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According to a new report from the United Nations, Mexico has dethroned the United States of the title of world’s fattest country. Nearly 1/3 (32.8%) of people living in America’s southern neighbor are obese.Here’s the (not-so) skinny on our NEW Top 10:

  1. Mexico– 32.8%
  2. USA– 31.8%
  3. New Zealand– 26.5%
  4. Chile– 25.1%
  5. Australia– 24.6%
  6. Canada– 24.2%
  7. United Kingdom– 23%
  8. Ireland– 23%
  9. Luxembourg– 22.1%
  10. Finland– 20.2%

(source: United Nations)

Other key global health statistics derived from the report:

  • 868 million people remain undernourished in terms of energy consumption
  • 2 billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies
  • 26% of all children under the age of five are stunted and 31% suffer from vitamin A deficiency
  • 1.4 billion people are overweight, of whom 500 million are obese
  • The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing in nearly all countries, even in low-income countries where it coexists with high rates of mal-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies (CRAZY, right?!!!)

How/Why does obesity occur within social populations?

(Also stated in the report): The most immediate cause of overweight and obesity is overconsumption of energy relative to physical requirements, yet nutritionists have long recognized that this does not explain why some people consume more than they need. the rapid increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity. in recent decades has prompted many explanations, including genetic predisposition, viral or bacteriological infections that alter energy requirements, endocrine disruptors, the use of certain pharmaceutical products, and social and economic factors that encourage overconsumption. At the same time, obesity is associated with lower labour productivity and higher medical costs arising from associated non-communicable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. With higher energy intakes and lower energy expenditure, urban dwellers incur a higher risk of overweight and obesity than rural dwellers.

BMI-ChartWhat is BMI?

Body mass index (BMI) is a convenient and widely available measure of underweight, overweight and obesity. it is a proxy measure of excessive body fat. Obesity: Adults over 20 years of age are considered obese when their body mass index (BMi) is greater than or equal to 30. BMi equals body weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared (kg/m2).  BMI does not distinguish between weight from fatty tissue and that from muscle tissue; nor does it indicate how an individual’s body mass is distributed. *People who carry a disproportionate amount of weight around their abdomen are at a higher risk of various health problems. Asian populations considered have a higher percentage of body fat as well as higher incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease at lower BMIs than do Caucasians.

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