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#1 Edited by frogdog (3242 posts) - - Show Bio

America no longer world’s fattest developed nation, UN report says

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We did it, America!

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.

Mexico's urban lifestyle and rising income levels coupled with malnourishment among the country's poor have helped it claim this unhealthy title.

“The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,” Abelardo Avila, a physician with Mexico's National Nutrition Institute, told the Global Post. “In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It's a very serious epidemic.”

Diabetes kills an estimated 70,000 people a year in Mexico—"or roughly equal to the deaths authorities say are caused by more than six years of the country's gangland wars," the Post noted.

About 12 percent of the world's total population is obese, according to the U.N. report.

The world's fattest nation overall is Nauru, a South Pacific island where a staggering 71.1 percent of its 10,000 inhabitants are obese.

The U.N. report does not include data for American Samoa, which has been tabbed in the past as the world's fattest country. According to a 2010 World Health Organization report, nearly all of that Pacific island's inhabitants (95 percent) are considered overweight.

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)

RankCountryRate
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

Source: United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization's 2013 State of Food and Agriculture Report

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/news/america-fattest-obese-un-144341236.html

#2 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio

lol.

#3 Posted by HBKTimHBK (5240 posts) - - Show Bio

Well...does this mean the US is actually going down in obesity statistics or is Mexico just going higher?

#4 Posted by Dernman (14790 posts) - - Show Bio

Come on US try harder. We can be number one again.

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#5 Posted by Bogey (934 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't worry, Mexico will send their fattest to the states to tip the scale back.

#6 Posted by Cybrilious4 (1766 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm pretty sure this won't stay very long ;)

#7 Posted by MyNameWasDeleted (679 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm pretty sure it's only because the US changed the numbers of what is considered Obese to save money on healthcare.

#8 Posted by WillPayton (9192 posts) - - Show Bio

This is truly surprising... Mexico is a developed nation?

Huh, learn something every day.

#9 Posted by Cybrilious4 (1766 posts) - - Show Bio

@mynamewasdeleted:

I'm pretty sure it's only because the US changed the numbers of what is considered Obese to save money on healthcare.

QFT

#10 Posted by joshmightbe (24720 posts) - - Show Bio

@dernman: We are still number 1 in egocentric douches

#11 Posted by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio

@joshmightbe: Not for long. Canada's going to take you guys by surprise.

#12 Posted by SideburnGuru (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess Hungary isn't very hungry.

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

#13 Posted by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio
#14 Posted by MyNameWasDeleted (679 posts) - - Show Bio

This is truly surprising... Mexico is a developed nation?

Huh, learn something every day.

D'Oh!

#15 Posted by King Saturn (223841 posts) - - Show Bio

It's still a lot of Fat People in America though... I mean I saw some White Women who looked like Sumo Wrestlers at Applebees the other day...

On a Side Note, does anyone ever panic when they see Really Fat People Seated in Restaurants ? Like they will eat up all the Lobsters and Shrimp so you they wont have enough stuff for you when you Order ?

#16 Posted by SideburnGuru (1338 posts) - - Show Bio

@king_saturn: Everytime me and my family or friends are there, we go IMMEDITALY up to get all we wanted before the loads of fat people come in.

@awesam:

I guess Turkey and Chile need to go to the nearest Chili's, to get some turkey!

I don't even know if people here know or live near a Chili's for that to be justified. Anyway.

#17 Posted by mikethekiller (8333 posts) - - Show Bio

Or mexico gained weight.

#18 Posted by sassafras56 (2 posts) - - Show Bio

Cute. To stop being the worlds fattest developed nation the statisticians included developing nations as developed.

#19 Posted by consolemaster001 (4995 posts) - - Show Bio

@awesam:

It looks like Turkey...

Forgot the stuffing.

YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

#20 Edited by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio
#21 Posted by XImpossibruX (5170 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems like every sxephil video news transfers on this site.

#22 Posted by God_Spawn (37387 posts) - - Show Bio

As a personal trainer....you're welcome.

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#23 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

As a personal trainer....you're welcome.

Ugh, I need one.

Mind if I just sort of like, kidnap you, and keep you for a few months to a year?

#24 Posted by God_Spawn (37387 posts) - - Show Bio

@innervenom123: It's not really kidnapping if you have to ask?

"Help! Help! I'm being kidnapped against my will!...Or am I?"

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#25 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

@god_spawn: Well I have to say I kidnapped you.

My, my. What would the neighbors think?

#26 Edited by God_Spawn (37387 posts) - - Show Bio
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#27 Edited by Edamame (27996 posts) - - Show Bio

....... Mexico?

o.0

0.o

#28 Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones (10469 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm more shocked that Syria is #3

#29 Edited by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

@awesam said:

@joshmightbe: Not for long. Canada's going to take you guys by surprise.

True - especially since we are so fit in comparison we didn't even show on the list for the top 20. We can simply walk briskly and overtake them.

On a serious note, this is simply indicative of how expensive healthy food is. It's much cheaper (and clearly more enjoyable) to eat junk food and it's resulted in a generation that will not be living to an age their parents will. It's terrible.

#30 Posted by BumpyBoo (7681 posts) - - Show Bio

I hear Wales is the fattest country in the UK...

*hides hot dogs and looks busy*

#31 Posted by Strider92 (16164 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm pretty sure it's only because the US changed the numbers of what is considered Obese to save money on healthcare.

Its funny cuz its most likely true.

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#32 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: Don't worry you can't be as bad as Canada

#33 Posted by Strider92 (16164 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo said:

I hear Wales is the fattest country in the UK...

*hides hot dogs and looks busy*

Wait, what? When did you steal that crown from Scotland?

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#34 Edited by BumpyBoo (7681 posts) - - Show Bio

@fuchsia_nightingale: Hehe, true, but then we are a tiny country (same rough size as Lake Ontario, or Slovenia lol)

@strider92:I know! it was on the news the other night, apparently we are the most obese Brits now. I did think the mountains were a little lower than they used to be.....

#35 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by Strider92 (16164 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: Starting to understand why a lot of people I know are going to Wales.........its not that they like it is just they are getting pulled into orbit!

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#37 Posted by BumpyBoo (7681 posts) - - Show Bio
#38 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: Not a fan of Canada, or anything to do with it

#39 Posted by Strider92 (16164 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: Really? I thought your master plan was to find a way to legalize "white weddings"......you know.......white wooly weddings!

I'm going to get some comeback on that aren't I? T.T

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#40 Posted by laflux (14382 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo said:

I hear Wales is the fattest country in the UK...

*hides hot dogs and looks busy*

Wait, what? When did you steal that crown from Scotland?

Two birds with one stone.......

Nice.

Wait, wait hold your fire. We can't insult Scotland and Wales until everyone forgets about Andy Murray and the Lions Tour. But, after that, we will make up for lost time............

#41 Posted by laflux (14382 posts) - - Show Bio

As a personal trainer....you're welcome.

Or you could have just killed and buried all the fat people.........

#42 Edited by BumpyBoo (7681 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: That tour, man...such excellence 8D

@strider92: Man, I KNOW you are too sharp a wit to resort to sheep jokes... *disappointed head shake*

#43 Edited by XImpossibruX (5170 posts) - - Show Bio

Woohoo Canada is not even up there.

#44 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

Canada is it's own list of shame

#45 Posted by laflux (14382 posts) - - Show Bio
#46 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio
#47 Posted by Strider92 (16164 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo said:

@strider92: Man, I KNOW you are too sharp a wit to resort to sheep jokes... *disappointed head shake*

I know. That was Baaaaaaaaaah-ad of me. I was a real Baaaaaah-stard! I'm sorry!

@laflux said:

Two birds with one stone.......

Nice.

Wait, wait hold your fire. We can't insult Scotland and Wales until everyone forgets about Andy Murray and the Lions Tour. But, after that, we will make up for lost time............

Yeah I remember switching on the TV and seeing a Scottish bloke holding some gold chalis in his hands and thinking "Strange.......Crimewatch doesn't start until 10pm"

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#48 Posted by lykopis (10756 posts) - - Show Bio

WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#49 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio
#50 Posted by cameron83 (6754 posts) - - Show Bio

This is truly surprising... Mexico is a developed nation?

Huh, learn something every day.

XD

DAMMIT PEOPLE!!

I simply can't have juice,can't I?

Every single freaking time I decide "just a little",you guys make me spew it all over the computer!!!

GAH!!