Latest top 10 list (world health organisation) Doesn't include the poplulations of many small pacific islands.
Adult Obesity %
New Zealand 30.7%
United Kingdom 26.9%
Average the rest of the world? Under 10%
Clearly dietary recommendations in the Western World are wrong. Overweight feels normal, obese feels like what used to be considered over weight.
I abhor stigma. No one chooses to be obese or labelled or shamed. Far more healthy is to be aware and informed of better choices or indeed consequences of risky habits.
Below are some numbers that define healthier goals.
These are for males I can update for females.
Overweight/Obese (above these weights)
Height 1.86 (6 foot 1) Weight 87K/104K
1.83 (6 foot) Weight 84K/101K
1.80 (5 foot 9) Weight 81K/98K
1.70 (5 foot 6) Weight 73K/88K
The reason for quantifying overweight and obese is that we have a tendency to measure ourselves against the average of those around us.
For 20 years I was between 92-98 K's and never in a million years did I consider myself overweight or at my peak 6 k's off obesity. Not until I dropped to 75K's can I be more honest with myself - I was carrying an excess of 20K's FAT for 20 years.
If 1:3 adults in the top 10 list are over 30Ks overweight and virtually all this subset have triple the risk of stroke or heart attack within 15 years it's worth some sober focus.
Be well and look after your heart
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