Anatomy: Measuring the Global Waistline

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From the Fall 2015 Issue "Food Fight"

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Most experts believe that the world is currently battling an obesity epidemic. In fact, the global average for obesity now stands at 13 percent. The rise of cheap processed foods coupled with growing food portions, as well as increasingly sedentary lifestyles, have all contributed to this worrying trend. Yet while many associate obesity with wealthy nations, such as Australia and Russia, poorer countries are hardly immune from its effects. World Policy Journal examines some of the globe’s fattest and thinnest nations across the socio-economic spectrum.




Compiled by Eunsun Cho and Katya Dajani

Designed by Meehyun Nam-Thompson

Sources: UNData, World Health Organization's Prevalence of Obesity Report

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