The 10 Fattest Countries
U-S-A! U-S-A!
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2010 3:08 PM CST
An overweight person is seen walking in London, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – Hey, America, you're not even the best at being the fattest: The US does, however, make GlobalPost's top 10 list of fattest countries, according to 2010 WHO statistics. The breakdown, by percentage of population classified as overweight (more than 25% BMI):

  1. Nauru (95%)
  2. Micronesia (92%)
  3. The Cook Islands (92%)
  4. Tonga (92%)

  1. Niue (84%)
  2. Samoa (83%)
  3. Palau (81%)
  4. United States (79%)
  5. Kiribati (77%)
  6. Dominica (76%)
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Nov 28, 2010 5:35 AM CST
Darn, there is a perfectly good (if overused) punchline shot to shit. "The thing we are best at is making the top ten list for overweight nations by BMI" just doesn't have the same omph.
Nov 27, 2010 9:51 PM CST
The BMI is the biggest joke I have ever heard of, how can a system which is accepted and used by many health organizations be so awfully flawed as the BMI? Can't any of the brilliant doctors come up with something a bit more accurate? When you have a system that labels Michael Jordan and Brad Pitt as overweight, that system is a POS. It wasn't even developed by a doctor, it was developed by a statistician. What is overweight for one person may be healthier than what is average for another.
Nov 27, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Since the U.S. is the only country on the list larger than a postage stamp, I think it deserves the number one spot. For Mr. Joshua: Since Obama believes so strongly in redistribution, perhaps we could mandate liposuction to help feed skinny people.