Obese America – the Truth About our Nation

Obese America – the Truth About our Nation
Obese America – the Truth About our Nation

Nearly one-third of Americans are obese, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.  The truth about our nation’s prosperity and ability to eat whenever and whatever strikes our fancy has propelled us into tying for the eighteenth fattest country in the world.

With 33 percent of Americans living with a Body Mass Index (BMI) or greater, we are losing the fight against healthy living.  Our neighbor to the south, Mexico, is slowing gaining on us (pardon the pun) with a BMI of 32.8 percent, while Canada comes in at 26.2 percent.

The most obese country in the world, according to the Agency, is American Samoa with a whopping 74.6 percent of their residents, or 70,000 people, weighing in with a BMI over 30. The residents of the tiny island in the South Pacific are known to have sedentary lifestyles and a diet of high-fat foods.  Many of them turn to inexpensive foods and fast-food restaurant chains for their meals.

According to data, many of the countries with the most serious obesity issues are in the South Pacific.  However, larger countries such as the United States and Mexico have serious obesity, and subsequently health issues.

Obesity can lead to risks later in life such as heart disease, hardening of plaque in the arteries leading to coronary artery disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Even losing 10 or 20 pounds can begin to reduce risks for those who are overweight or obese.

Obese America – the Truth About our Nation
Obese America – the Truth About our Nation

The 20 most obese countries in the world, according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook are:

  1. American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, 74.6 percent of all residents are obese
  2. Nauru, an island country in Micronesia in the South Pacific,  71.1 percent of all residents are obese
  3. Cook Islands, a parliamentary democracy in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand,  63.7 percent of all residents are obese
  4. Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of three tropical coral atolls,  63.4 of all residents are obese
  5. Tonga, a Polynesian sovereign state and an archipelago comprising 176 islands 57.6 of all residents are obese
  6. Samoa, a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, 54.1 of all residents are obese
  7. Palau, an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean , 48.9 of all residents are obese
  8. Kiribati, an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean, 48.9 of all residents are obese
  9. Marshall Islands, an island country located in the northern Pacific , 45.4 of all residents are obese
  10. Kuwait, 42 of all residents are obese
  11. Saint Kitts and Nevis, a federal two-island state in the West Indies, 40.7 of all residents are obese
  12. Federated States of Micronesia, an independent sovereign island nation consisting of four states that are spread across the Western Pacific Ocean, 40.6 of all residents are obese
  13. (tie for 13th) Bahamas, 34.7 of all residents are obese
  14. (tie for 13th): Barbados, 34.7 of all residents are obese
  15. Belize. In Belize, 33.7 of all residents are obese
  16. Qatar, 33.2 of all residents are obese
  17. Egypt, 33.1 of all residents are obese
  18. (tie for 18th) United States, 33 of all residents are obese
  19. (tie for 18th): Saudi Arabia, 33 of all residents are obese
  20. Bahrain, 32.9 of all residents are obese

 

Obese America – the Truth About our Nation
Obese America – the Truth About our Nation

By Dawn Cranfield

US News Special Correspondent

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