A recent survey from the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the United States is only the 3rd fattest nation in the world when measured by percentages. Coming in ahead of the U.S. was Kiribati with 81.5% of its citizens overweight and then American Samoa with 93.5% of its citizens overweight. Both of these nations are Pacific island cultures and their problems with weight can be traced to family members leaving home and upon return, bringing back the processed foods that exist in Western cultures.
America falls third in this race with 66.7% of its citizens being overweight. This despite the fact that we spend more on health care than any other nation in the world by far. The problem is with the processed foods that are high in refined sugar and carbohydrate and the fact that the “experts” keep trying to get people to eat low fat diets. They’ve been trying this for years and it clearly does not work. Low fat foods are always high in carbohydrate. They have to be. If the fat is taken out, something has to provide the calorie and it ends up being carbohydrate. A food that is low in fat and low in carbohydrate provides no energy to the person who eats it. See below which nations rounded-out the top ten, pun intended…
4) Germany, 66.5 percent
When Germany found out that it was the fattest nation in Europe, health experts blamed the usual suspects: beer, fatty foods and lack of physical activity. Like the rest of the world, Germans are suffering from an easy availability of junk food and more sedentary jobs and lifestyles.
5) Egypt, 66 percent
In the 1960’s, Egypt produced enough food to feed its people a steady diet of red meat, poultry, lentils, maize and dairy products. But by the 1980’s, the population had outgrown food production, leading to an increase in food imports that created poorer eating habits.
6) Bosnia-Herzegovina, 62.9 percent
Smoking, drinking and eating unhealthy foods spiked during the war that ravaged the country from 1992 to 1995. Those living just above the poverty line are gaining weight the fastest, partly because of the tendency to fill up on cheap processed foods high in calories and low on nutritional value.
7) New Zealand, 62.7 percent
Researchers found that how much time New Zealand children spend watching television is a better predictor of obesity than what they eat or how much they exercise. The study found that 41 percent of the children who were overweight by age 26 were those who had watched the most TV.
8) Israel, 61.9 percent
In the past 30 years, the number of obese Israelis has tripled. As in most developed countries, obesity is most prevalent among Israelis with less education.
9) Croatia, 61.4 percent
Croatia is a victim of the globalization of the food market, which tends to suppress traditional diets as cheaper processed foods from the U.S. and Europe flood store shelves.
10) United Kingdom, 61 percent
A recent survey ranked the British among the bottom third of European nations in physical exercise, leading Health Secretary Andy Burnham to comment, “We’re really in danger of being known as the best in the world for watching sport, but one of the worst for getting out there and doing it for ourselves.”