Obesity? We’re number one, we’re number one!

❝ Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fattest country in the world?

The obesity rate for American adults (aged 15 and over) came in at a whopping 38.2%, which puts the birthplace of the hamburger and the Cronut at the top of the heftiest-nations-in-the-world rankings, according to an updated survey from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development…

❝ On average, 19.5% of adults are #obese across OECD countries.

❝ In most countries, the OECD has found that women are more obese than men, though obesity rates for the male population are growing rapidly. Education is a determinant as the organization found that less schooling makes a woman two to three times more likely to be overweight than the more educated in about half of the eight countries for which the data was available…

And the OECD has found that obese people have poorer job prospects than their slimmer counterparts, earning about 10% less, and are then less productive at work, with fewer worked hours and more sick days…

❝ The future is fatter: Perhaps even more disturbing is the glimpse that the OECD offers into the coming years…Obesity rates are expected to increase until at least 2030, led by the U.S., Mexico and England, where 47%, 39% and 35% of the population are expected to be obese by 2030.

As for solutions, the OECD suggest food labeling, and offered praise for health promotion campaigns across Facebook and Twitter, or dedicated mobile apps that have been shown to have the potential to help with weight loss and body fat. As one survey showed this week, obesity puts individuals at risk from related illnesses — diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and more. In other words, you can’t be fat and healthy at the same time.

If that isn’t depressing enough, watch for the posts I have coming up on Artifical Intelligence – and jobs – in the United States. Not all countries handle knowledge the same, eh? 🙂

3 thoughts on “Obesity? We’re number one, we’re number one!

  1. eideard says:

    Preamble: since our immediate household is 2 retired geeks and a dog you shouldn’t be surprised at how often we discuss AI – among other questions about tech and tech-affected culture. Worth a chuckle when we resolve so many questions by saying, “well, AI can’t resolve that question – yet”.

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