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Where do you fall on the global fat scale?

Via BBC, and based on

This calculator is based on research data pulled together by a team of researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Using UN data on population size in 177 countries, together with estimates of global weight from the WHO and mean height from national health examination surveys the team were able to calculate average BMI figures for each country.

Using the values that you input into the calculator, it works out your BMI as well as where you are in relation to the rest of the population in your country and the world for your gender and age.

Food for thought...about food.

This ties in with the recent British study about how much obesity affects world resources. North America leads the world in percentage of those overweight.

The US, with its well documented problems with weight, is top of the list. If the rest of the world were to emulate the Americans, Prof Roberts says, it would have dramatic implications for the planet.

Japanese people have a low average BMI but high standards of living. "If every country in the world had the same level of fatness that we see in the USA, in weight terms that would be like an extra billion people of world average body mass," he explained.