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  • G Allen // May 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Totally agree about the flaws regarding BMI….I’m surprised this flawed system is still in use.

  • Angie Tan // Jun 4, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Yeah.. Not surprising that Aussies are becoming fatter these days.

    The portions are huge with loads of carbs and fried food as a side dish. The cookies and candies section in Aussie grocery stores like Coles are well-stocked too..

    Using BMI is just not right… Whenever I see the doctor, they still use BMI but at the gym, we measure fat % now.

  • Kyle // Jun 5, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Wow, that’s a big surprise! I didn’t think any country had more obese people than the United States. I used to live there for a few years.

    Every restaurant there served portions enough for 3 people…

    BTW BMI is flawed but it’s popularity emerged from the insurance industry which did a lot of research on BMI and health risk.

  • carlist // Jun 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    It wasn’t a big surprise to me. Australians is one of the nations that drink the most milk in the world and the servings of their food is also very huge.

    Although BMI is flawed, there is still some truth in it. =)

  • Kody // Jul 4, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    Wow I didn’t know Australia was like that! I thought the US was the fat king of the world lol.

  • Florentine // Sep 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    I’m Canadian, and sadly we’re quickly catching up with America and Australia, Even our high school kids are getting triple chins and big pot bellies

    Fretting about the flaws of BMI is just a form of denial. Very muscular people have to make allowances, but most people aren’t heavily muscled and their excess weight is caused by Burger King. not weight lifting.

  • Rosetta // Nov 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    There are many reasons why there are so many obese people in the world. The number one reason is not exercising enough and obviously eating very fatting food and constantly drinking liquid sugars and not enough plain water, not enough raw vegetables, fruit, plants.

    Also other factors include drugs such as antidepressants and birth control pills. Flouride is also debated to possibly cause instability of normal thyroid. The portion sizes of the fatty food and sugary drinks and not enough water or exercising will obviously stunt the metabolism and lead to obeseity.

    Also high sodium/salt intake dehydrates you so you swell with excess water causing fatty look. Vegetables have negative calories which means your body burns more calories digesting them than the calories they contain.
    You can lose weight by eating a huge amount of raw vegetables and drinking a lot of regular water.

    The 3 things that will make people healthy again
    A lot of EXERCISE, plain WATER, Raw Fruit & Vegetables!

    Main reason why children are fat is because they don’t run around and play outside because their parents have stranger danger and accident paranoia. Also inactivity by playing technology games, not drinking plain water enough and not eating healthy. I think that people chose to be fat by the choices they make and then blame McDonalds for making them fat. Otherwise they have a medical condition.

  • bree // Dec 3, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    So technically we’re NOT the fattest country riight ? :D
    riiight ? riiight ? D: !

  • Adam // Jan 6, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    A very interesting post. I have never been to Australia but is my #1 place to visit. I never thought any country would come close to the U.S. because there are obese people everywhere.

  • Tabitha // Jan 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    I also find it hard to believe that Australia is the world’s fattest nation, especially considering in Nauru 90% of adults have a higher BMI than the world average. While this statistic still uses the BMI, it is at least comparing it to the world average. Even in Tonga, 70% of women aged 15-85 are obese. I live in Australia and Malaysia, and while Australians do tend to be fatter than Malaysians, being in America was an absolute eye-opener as so many people there were grossly overweight and obese. This of course is just based on my personal observation. Any thoughts….?

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