We just came across the 2017 obesity update from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), and the results are at the same time shocking but not surprising. The United States surpassed Mexico to the most obese nation in the world.
According to the survey's metrics, adults are considered to be people over the age of 15, and 38% of Americans are considered obese. Normal Body Mass Index (BMI) is 18.5 to 25 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Obese is when the BMI is greater than 30. For an average male of 5' 9" that would be a weight of roughly 200 pounds or more.
Below are the top 10 counties, in terms of obese populations.
Some of the lowest rates of obesity include Japan at 3.7% and Korea at 5.3%.
The OECD projects that by 2030 almost half of Americans will be obese. The side effects of obesity such diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and cancer will continue to drive our nation's healthcare budget to extreme heights.
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