Obesity is not just a problem in developed countries, even the poorest of the poor in many countries are experiencing. Many factors that influence it, ranging from lack of exercise to an unhealthy diet.
World Health Organization sets, one can say overweight or obese if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2. If the BMI exceeds 30 kg/m2, then it could be categorized as obese.
Currently WHO noted that 1 in 3 people in the world have the problem of obesity or overweight, while 1 in 10 people are obese.
If nothing is done to improve the lifestyle and diet, the estimated number of people with obesity will reach 2.3 billion by 2015. This figure is quite high due to equal number of people in China, plus the United States and throughout Europe.
The problem of obesity is also not the monopoly of developed countries is generally too affluent to heavy exercise. A survey conducted throughout the first decade GlobalPost shows, some poor countries in the top 10 countries with the most obesity problems.
Here is a list of the fattest countries based on the results of the latest survey:
1. Samoa (93.5 percent)
Island states are also located in the Pacific Ocean is actually a tradition of eating a healthy diet that is high in fiber complex carbohydrates and low in fat. However, since the migration of foreigners during World War II, the diet was changed and makes this country the fattest country in the world.
2. Kiribati (81.5 percent)
Between the years 1964-2001, imports of food in one of the poorest countries in the world increased 6-fold. The food is imported from other countries usually a lot of processed foods that contain fat and unhealthy. No wonder the island nation located in the Pacific Ocean is the position of ‘runner up’ the fattest country in the world.
3. United States (66.7 percent)
Since the 1960′s, 24 percent of Americans are overweight. Now the numbers continue to increase, up to 2 of 3 citizens could be categorized as obese. Aka junk food unhealthy food is touted as the main trigger of obesity in the United States.
4. Germany (66.5 percent)
Not too surprising when Germany entered one of the most obese countries, because its culture is quite known for drinking beer and eating fatty food. In an effort to reduce the number of people who are obese, the government is providing fruit and vegetables as snacks school free for children in the country.
5. Egypt (66 percent)
The number of people with obesity problems in Egypt increased since the 1980′s. Moreover, in the tradition of all citizens, women taboo to exercise.
6. Bosnia-Herzegovina (62.9 percent)
The problem of obesity is not only in countries with relatively high per capita income. The trigger such as an unhealthy diet, coupled with the habit of smoking and drinking alcohol.
7. New Zealand (62.7 percent)
According to research from the University of Otago, New Zealand’s obesity problem fueled by addiction to watching TV as a child.
8. Israel (62.9 percent)
As in some other developed countries, flab is also a serious problem in Israel. In the last 30 years alone, the number of obese people in this country has increased 3-fold.
9. Croatia (61.4 percent)
In this country, cardiovascular disease causes the most deaths because one risk factor is obesity.
10. Britain (61 percent)
Pretty reasonable if the UK top 10 countries with the highest average BMI in the world, because in Europe own lifestyle Britons are among the most rarely exercise. Even the record for fattest man ever held a British man weighing 680 pounds (about 308 kg).