Australia is the fattest nation in the world, the Age reports. A new study says body-mass index measurements pegs 4 million people—26% of the nation's population—as obese, narrowly beating the US, where 25% are obese. An additional 5 million Aussies are classified as overweight—with the usual suspects of more fast food and less exercise behind the epidemic.
The study describes a looming “fat bomb” as obesity cuts lifespans and inflates health costs: "In terms of a public health crisis, there is nothing to rival this," the study's lead author said. "If we ran a fat Olympics we'd be gold medal winners as the fattest people on earth at the moment."