What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
You may have seen it on FB, people’s statuses saying “I’m most like the person of X country” (I’m Vietnam btw, why are these things always so enthralling? =p) What it is is a global fatness scale derived from a collection of national statistics. Using the BBC’s cool app, you can discover where you fit in regards to your own national average (for your age group and gender) and the world’s. It’s pretty cool. Not only that, but it also tells you how much weight would need to be added or subtracted from the world if everyone shared your BMI. Here’s a couple of random countries for you (for my category – women in their 20s and early 30s)
Given the recent article on the negative effects of global tonnage, it’s pretty interesting. Not that BMI is everything. In recent year, waist circumference has emerged as a telling indicator. A waist measurement of 40+ inches in men and 35+ inches in women means an elevated risk of the collection of health problems associated with obesity.
And, for fun, here’s another Economist chart based on this paper from the BMC Public Health Journal: The crazy and scary news – if every country in the world had the same proportion of overweight and obese people as the United States has, the world’s biomass would increase by 20%, that’s the equivalent of 1 billion extra average sized people!