Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Link for Leo

For Leo, who seemed to doubt my claim of reports regarding rising obesity in Europe - a pfd report can be found here. The file name is "Euobesity", which I found kinda funny.

Some fun trivia I found there:

"In parts of Europe the combination of reported overweight and obesity in men exceeds even teh 67% prevalence found in the USA's most recent measured survey. Finland, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Malta all have overweight rates which surpass that of the USA."

"In the United States of America, obesity stands at 28% of men and 34% of women, although this rises to as much as 50% among black women, including a very significant component of morbid obesity"

(that must be because we are a racist society, huh?)

But, for the money, the most satisfying figure was on the rising prevalence of overweight children (ages 5-11). Leo was kind enough to take a swipe at our kids, leaving a nice comment about not seeing kids eating apples and riding bikes over here in the good old USA. It appears, though, that England and the USA are nearly neck and neck (the chart shows the USA ahead by a percentage point or so) as far as having overweight children. Huh? I guess they're not riding bikes over there as much as you thought??