U.S.A Is No Longer the Fattest Country
The study also revealed the fact that the conception of the people regarding the fattest countries in the world has been wrong for a very long time. The United States of America was not the fattest country in the world, but it was the fattest industrialized country. There were numerous countries which surpassed the United States of America from this point of view, countries such as Samoa, Nauru, and many other nations from Oceania. It seems that those countries from Oceania became the leaders when it comes to obesity rates, about ten years ago. That is when they were introduced to spam, one of the favorite foods of the Americans. Even so, those are not the fattest countries in the world, as the leadership now belongs to the countries from the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates is now the fattest industrialized country in the world, having an average BMI of 28.9. The BMI is the Body Mass Index of an individual, and it calculates the height to weight ratio. The second place is occupied by Qatar which has an average BMI of 28.5. The people who have a BMI over 25 are considered to be overweight, whereas the people who are obese have a BMI over 30.
The United States of America has an average BMI of 28.4. There are various countries which have a larger BMI than that, some of them such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait being non industrialized nations. The new report stated that the United States of America is located on the 20th spot when it comes to the obesity rankings. It seems that there is a huge difference between the obesity rates amongst the women and amongst the men. The men take the 10th spot, whereas the women occupy the 36th place. Numerous researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization stated that this does not mean that the people from the United States of America are losing weight, but that the people from the other countries are getting fatter at a higher rate than the ones from the U.S. The people from the United States of America keep on putting weight, but they do it at a slower pace than the people from many other regions of the world. Mexico is behind the United States of America from this point of view, but it is believed that this will not remain unchanged.
The new report has stated that the worst situation is in Oceania. The fattest country from the world, with an average BMI of 34.5 is Nauru. It seems that the other countries from there are gaining weight at a very fast pace as well. Nauru is an island, and more than 90 percent of the men from it are obese. The majority of the countries from Oceania have a very high rate of diabetes, which is slowly starting to become one of the biggest killers in the world. The problem is the fact that they do not consume the same food which they used to consume in the past. Those countries usually consumed fresh fish and vegetables, but in the more recent period of time, they have replaced the natural fresh food with the processed one. It has been discovered that there are not too many countries which have a BMI lower than 25. The regular healthy BMI would be between 20 and 25, and there are very few countries which can be included in that category. Some of the countries which have this BMI range are the ones which are starving, such as Somalia, and the ones which have a very “clean” diet such as Japan. When it comes to the obesity rates, Asia is the country with the best situation. The majority of the countries from that continent are underweight. South America is second, then Europe. The fattest country in Europe is England. It has been stated for a very long time now that the reason why some countries are fatter than the other ones is because of the genetics. However, it seems that there are certain scientists who have a different opinion.
Many of them have stated that the reason why people get fat is not because of genetics, but because of the cultures they are from. It seems that there are certain countries which are predisposed to weight gain, whereas some of them are predisposed to staying slim. For example, many have stated that it is very likely that a staying in the United States of America will result in weight gain, whereas a visit in an Asian country such as Japan will result in weight stability or even weight loss. The reason for that is not the fact that the people from those countries are predisposed from a genetically point of view to gain fat, but because of the way in which they eat. The “mother mentality” which encourages one to eat is more common in certain countries than it is in other ones. The people from certain countries are more encouraged to eat than the ones from other countries, and this is one of the main reasons why they gain weight. It has been discovered that the obesity rates in certain countries are bigger than the ones from other countries. The obesity depends on the gender as well. For example in the United States of America the men are fatter, whereas in France the women are fatter. One of the countries in which the females have very low rates of obesity is Japan. The obesity rates amongst the women in that country is of 3 percent.
The life expectancy is one of the highest in Japan, and it is believed that the reason for that is the fact that they have a very excellent cuisine, and not because of genetics. As I said, the Asian countries are situated on the best spot when it comes to the obesity rates, and the foods which they eat are responsible for it. If the reason why they remain slim and disease-free is genetics, then the Asians who move in the U.S for example would remain the same. However, it has been observed that they start to become affected as well if they stay in the country for 10 or 20 years, which means that the culture of eating is what gives them an advantage. When it comes to eating the best thing you can do is to limit the amount of calories you consume. This means that you need to eat foods with a low caloric intake, and to eat them in small quantities numerous times per day. It has also been discovered that the people from the active cities are slimmer than the ones from the sedentary cities. The active cities are considered the ones who have special regions created for the ones who like to perform physical activities, such as ballparks, bike paths, and so on. The cities from the United States of America which have the highest levels of activity are the older ones such as New York, Boston, and so on. When in those cities, the people have higher chances of performing physical activities, even if the physical activity is walking.
The cities which did not have too many of these ballparks and other constructions which encourage the physical activity, were the new cities such as Dallas, Jacksonville, and many others.11