Global obesity rates for children are up 47% since 1980

Posted By on May 29, 2014


I notice short bit in the WSJ about He Liang and his “homemade suitcase vehicle in the streets of Changsha, China,” and about the only difference I can see is that the Chinese “scooter” is a little narrower when compared to our American-sized versions? (I would include a smiley below, but it is more shameful than humorous.)

It might make Americans feel a little bit better to know that we are not along in having an obese population:

More than half of the world’s obese are from just 10 countries: the United States, China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia.

BUT … as with many statistics, we do a pretty good job in leading the world:

It is no surprise that the United States, whose eating habits and fast food chains have revolutionized the way much of the world now consumes, represented the biggest slice of the planet’s obese population – 13 percent – yet it has less than 5 percent of the world’s total population, which now tops 7 billion.



Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.