I read about this over the summer, and even put the link up on my Facebook page so my friends there could see it. I keep thinking about it, so I thought it would be something that you may find interesting as well.
We all know about the Body Mass Index (BMI), which some people love and some people abhor. In case you need a refresher, the BMI is a measurement of your weight related to your height.
For example, when I was 305 pounds my BMI was 44.1. That’s really bad. Putting those numbers into the Global BMI reveals that when I was that heavy, my BMI was higher than 99 percent of the women in the United States and higher than 100 percent of women in the world. The tool also tells you what country you are most like in terms of weight. With a BMI of 44.1, I was most like someone from Tonga. Interestingly enough, Tonga has a 90 percent obesity rate.
Now, when I put in my current numbers, my BMI is 22.4, which is fine. I have a lower BMI than 87 percent of American women my age and a lower BMI than 69 percent of females worldwide. I am most like someone from Tanzania.
One of the most interesting things was to see the chart that is displayed after you input your numbers. There you can see the obesity rate from countries all over the world. There is also a sentence under your information that tells you this:
If everyone in the world had the same BMI as you, it would remove 18,513,744 tons from the total weight of the world’s population
I don’t know why I found this so interesting but I really did. The obesity rate worldwide has more than doubled since the 1980’s, according to the World Health Organization. More than 1.4 billion adults are overweight and more than 40 million kids under 5 are overweight. Those are sobering statistics.
What do you think most contributes to the obesity epidemic worldwide? And if you’d like to share, what country are you most like on the Global Obesity Scale? Diane