We’re not #1! (But we’re close)

The US is #8 in the world in terms of countries with the greatest percentage of overweight and obese people (79!).

You probably couldn’t even locate #1-7 on a map!  They’re also small South Pacific islands.

One thing this means is that many overweight and obese people don’t even realize that they are big.  This is because they compare themselves to the people around them.  Yet obesity (and even possibly overweight) are associated with many health problems, and even early death.

The Global Post ranks ’em:

1) Nauru: 95 percent The tiny South Pacific island of Nauru tops the world’s fattest list. A whopping 95 percent of its people have a BMI above 25. Nauruans historically engaged in fattening ceremonies, where well-born young women were kept inside and fed to excess. That legacy, plus the transition for agriculturally poor Nauru from a diet of fruit and fish to Western-style meals, has been devastating.

2) Micronesia: 92 percent

3) The Cook Islands: 92 percent

4) Tonga: 92 percent

5) Niue: 84 percent

6) Samoa: 83 percent

7) Palau: 81 percent

8) United States: 79 percent

9) Kiribati: 77 percent.

10) Dominica: 76 percent

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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