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article imageSouth Pacific nation Nauru listed as world's fattest nation

By Andrew Moran     Dec 3, 2010 in Health
The top ten fattest nations in the world for the year 2010 have been released. Think the United States or Canada, known for their numerous fast food restaurants, are number one? Nauru, a tiny South Pacific island, topped the list.
Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation that covers just 21 square kilometres, or 8.1 square miles. It maintains a population estimate of just fewer than 10,000. The Gross Domestic Product ranks 222nd in the world with $60 million.
According to Global Post, using data from the World Health Organization, Nauru is the world’s fattest nation. The publication uses the person’s body mass index (BMI) that is a weight-to-height ratio. Anyone that has a BMI of 25 is considered overweight and someone with a score of 30 or more is labelled as obese.
Nauru topped the list with 95 percent of its population having a BMI of over 25. Micronesia, The Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau, Kiribati and Dominica all rounded out the top ten list – with the exception of the United States, which had 79 percent of its population with a BMI of above 25.
The reason why a lot of the South Pacific nations are obese is because they have a cultural preference of being fat. Furthermore, a lot of the island nations have consistent food shortages; therefore, being fat is a sign of health, which is the same in many African nations who view being larger as a symbol of beauty and privilege.
Other nations on the list include Kuwait, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, Egypt, Greece, Belarus and the United Kingdom.
According to WHO projections, the number of obese people on this planet will not slow down anytime soon. By 2015, the number of overweight adults will increase from 1.6 billion (2005 figures) to 2.3 billion and the number of obese adults will nearly double from 400 million to 700 million.
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