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Jul 9, 2013 09:15 AM

U.S. is no longer the world's fattest nation

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  1. The trophy that no one wants to win. :(

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    1. Cronuts may tip the scales back in our favor for next year.

      1. Ouch. A distinction of pathetic merit for both.

        1. It is quite disheartening to see my fellow Latinos, particularly children, struggle with obesity and diabetes. It is rampant in the public schools; fat kids who eat empty calorie-meals and sugary junk food. Growing up, we didn't eat vegetables and grains for dinner. Dinners consisted of rich sauces, meats, rice, tortillas, maybe a salad. But it was all homemade. Going out to eat was a rare treat.

          Which country is fittest? I'd imagine a Scandinavian country.

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          1. re: globocity

            The fittest? You are right - Norway. Also one of the richest.

            1. re: Veggo

              If you had ever had pine bark soup, you would understand why they don't gain weight. And the price of anything, while doubling that for booze.

              Love the people and country. Hate the prices.

              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                They go to Sweden to buy booze and cars.

              2. re: Veggo

                Interesting to compare to Kuwait which was #2 in obesity when USA was #1.

                Guess you can turn oil into lard.

                1. re: Veggo

                  According to this UN listing of fattest nations ( Finland is #10 in the contest of world's fattest. So I'm not sure if Norway would necessarily be the fittest (not to mention how difficult that would necessarily be to measure).

                  I remember hearing a few years ago that if Brittain was listed as England, Scotland, etc - that Scotland would have taken over as the most obese from the US a while ago. Not even to mention that the Cook Islands and American Samoa have the highest rates of adult obesity but given their very small size aren't included.

                  1. re: cresyd

                    You're right: Norway and Finland have about the same rate of obesity according to the FAO report (19.8% vs 19.9% of adults). A little bit below the average for Europe (21.4%) and way behind the US and Mexico (both over 30%).

                    The lowest rate for developed regions is Japan (4.5%). Developing regions show a huge range, from just over 1% (Bangladesh, Ethiopia) to over 60-70% (Cook Islands, Nauru).