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Kuwait has Highest BMI in the World

From the Daily Mail (UK)

The countries which contain the heaviest and lightest citizens can be revealed today.

This extraordinary graphic shows the average body mass index values for adults around the globe – with some surprising results.

With its wealthy society and love of fast food outlets, many would place the U.S. at the top of the list.
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But it is pipped to first place in the body mass index chart by Kuwait. The Arab state has an average body mass index of 27.5 for men and 31.4 for women.

This beats America in second place which averages 26.5 for men and 29 for women.

From UPI:

Mexico is world fattest nation, United States No. 2

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (UPI) — Officials at the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization say Mexico with a 32.8 percent adult obesity rate is the most overweight of the industrialized nations.

Previously, the United States with an adult obesity rate of 31.8 percent was the world’s fattest nation. Last year, the percentage of U.S. adults overweight went down slightly.

A report by the FAO said Mexico’s widely available inexpensive junk food and penetration of U.S. fast-food chains combined with a more sedentary lifestyle all contributed to Mexico’s bulging waistline.

About 70 percent of Mexican adults are overweight, while childhood obesity tripled in a decade and about a third of teenagers are overweight as well, the Global Post said.

Weight-related diabetes claims 1-of-6 one of Mexican adults — or 70,000 people a year — suffering from the disease each year, the report said.

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July 10, 2013 - Posted by | Cross Cultural, Cultural, Eating Out, Food, Health Issues, Kuwait | , , ,

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