Wednesday, July 10, 2013

USA is No Longer the Fattest Country

According to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the United States is no longer the world's fattest developed nation―Mexico is.

Nearly a third of Mexican adults (32.8 percent) are considered obese—people aged 20 and older whose body mass index (BMI) is 30 and above. That edges out the United States, where 31.8 percent of American adults are considered obese. 

Syria at 31.6 percent, is the third fattest among developed countries, while Venezuela and Libya are tied for fourth at 30.8 percent.

On the other end of the scale is Japan, the thinnest developed country. Just 4.5 of Japanese adults are considered obese, the U.N. says.

Prevalence of obesity among adults in developed countries (% obese)
RankCountry% That Are Obese
1Mexico32.8
2United States31.8
3Syria31.6
4Venezuela30.8
4Libya30.8
6Trinidad & Tobago30.0
7Vanuatu29.8
8Iraq29.4
8Argentina29.4
10Turkey29.3
11Chile29.1
12Czech Republic28.7
13Lebanon28.2
14New Zealand27.0
14Slovenia27.0
16El Salvador26.9
17Malta26.6
18Panama25.8
18Antigua25.8
20Israel25.5
21Australia25.1
21Saint Vincent25.1
22Dominica25.0
23United Kingdom24.9
23Russia24.9
25Hungary24.8

From "The World's 25 Fattest Countries"

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