The World is Getting Fat(ter)

In: Culture Food History Interactive

4 Feb 2011

Male and female body mass indices by country, from 1980-2008.  Some interesting, but perhaps not surprising, observations: European men are consistently fatter than the women, poor people are skinny, and everyone has gotten fatter over the past 18 years. (related article)

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3 Responses to The World is Getting Fat(ter)

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Sun

February 4th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Looks like Asians are still doing well overall – even though I am more “American” in the fat range than Asian. ;) I will introduce a caveat though that “fatter” does not necessarily mean more nutrition. I see poor families feeding their children a can of Sprite and Cheetos as lunch. Very inexpensive and calorie rich food, but extremely bad for your health. So, next time you see a fat person, don’t necessarily attribute that to wealth nor that the person is “eating well”.

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Renaud

February 5th, 2011 at 6:06 am

there must be a mistake with Britain..

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Steve

February 8th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

@Sun: Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories) basically says the same thing. Obesity is basically malnutrition.

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