Samoa Tops List of Fattest Countries

Also, Samoa is a US territory, so...yay?
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 1:05 PM CST
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(Newser) – From Pacific islands to Eastern Europe, the world is fat. The cause is the same almost everywhere, Laurie Cunningham writes for Global Post: increased access to processed foods and sedentary lifestyles. The top victims of "globesity:"

  1. American Samoa: Percentage of population that's overweight: 93.5. The tiny Pacific nation's traditional diet of "foods high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat" fell apart when Western dietary habits intruded.

  1. Kiribati: Population 81.5% overweight. Another island Pacific nation, where "Spam and mutton flaps" undercut native foodstuffs in price.
  2. US: Population 66.7% overweight:. We reap (and eat) what we sow, naturally. Farm subsidies lead to "over-production of oil, fat and sugar," for export and domestic consumption.
  3. Germany: Population 66.5% overweight. "Beer, fatty foods and lack of physical activity"—ounds fantastic, but there's a price.
  4. Egypt: Population 66% overweight. Again, processed foods and unhealthy Western exports supplant a more balanced traditional diet.
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