America is the fattest nation in the world, according to obesity data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
A whopping … and we mean whopping … 33.8 percent of Americans are obese, while more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight. No other country comes close in either category – and the problem is getting worse.
“Overweight and obesity rates have increased steadily since the 1980s in both men and women,” the organization noted. “Three out of four people are projected by the OECD to be overweight or obese within 10 years.”
By contrast, three decades ago only 15 percent of the American population was considered obese.
America’s obesity rate is growing at a faster pace than the rest of the world – and is the percentage of its health care costs tied to obesity. Internationally, approximately 1-3 percent of health care costs are obesity related. In America, that figure is 10-15 percent.
Yikes … better buy stock in that company selling “Fatkinis.”
Here in South Carolina, one of the fattest states in America, a pair of leaders – S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) director Catherine Templeton and governor Nikki Haley – have declared a “War on Fat.”
We don’t support their efforts, although if government is going to subsidize food purchases for its poor (something we don’t think it should do) then we suppose it does have a right to regulate dietary choices.
OECD OBESITY REPORT (.pdf)