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Jun 18, 2012

Global Obesity - Tracking Human Biomass

British Medical Council Reports That Global Obesity (Increasing Population Fatness) Is Having a Big Impact on World Food Energy Demands

Global obesity is threatening global food security because it is adding the equivalent of an extra half a billion people concludes the British Medical Council.  To highlight this conclusion, on 18 June 2012, The Guardian's Global Development section published an interactive page on "the weight of nations."  

Overall, the global population is estimated to weigh 287 million tonnes of which 17 million tonnes is due to global obesity.  The U.S. is the most obese nation.  It has 6% of the world population but accounts for 34% of the world's body mass. In contrast, Asia has 61% of the world’s population but only 13% of the world’s weight.  

Listed below are the top ten most obese nations (ranked in order of highest body mass index):

  1. United States
  2. Kuwait
  3. Croatia
  4. Qatar
  5. Egypt
  6. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  7. Trinidad and Tobago
  8. Argentina
  9. Greece
  10. Bahrain
For more see: 


Walpole, Sarah C., Prieto-Merino, D., Edwards, P., Cleland, J., Stevens, G., and Roberts, I. "The Weight of Nations: An Estimation of Adult Human Biomass," BMC Public Health 2012, 12:439, 18 June 2012.  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-439.

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