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    28 Jan 2015

    How fat is YOUR country - and which nations have the highest obesity rates These new maps may surprise you

    You might think the U.S. is the most obese nation in the world - but if you do, you are wrong.
    Soaring rates of obesity in the Pacific Islands, nations in the South Pacific Ocean east of Australia and Fiji, have shot to the top of the worldwide obesity scale.
    Previously it has been theorised that Pacific Islanders are genetically predisposed to obesity.
    But experts now say the introduction of Western diets to the islands are to blame for the problem.
    American Samoa, found south of Samoa, tops the chart, with 75 per cent of the population reported as obese.
    Graphic shows an epidemic of obesity across most of the U.S., Europe, Australia and the Middle East. The scale shows the percentage of each country's populations that is defined as obese, with a Body Mass Index of over 30. The Pacific Islands, east of Australia, are the countries with the largest percentage of their population reported as obese. In American Samoa, three quarters of the population is dangerously fat
    Most of Africa and south Asia are shown in turquoise, with low levels of obesity, while most of the U.S., Europe, Australia, the Middle East are shown in orange, indicating high levels of obesity
    Nauru and the Cook Islands, also found in the South Pacific Ocean, come in second and third places with 71 per cent and 63 per cent of the population obese.
    The islands were colonised by Australian, American, New Zealand, British or French nations after the Second World War, and the diets and social changes introduced blamed for soaring obesity rates.
    These colonising nations sought to ‘civilise’ the islanders and introduce ‘proper’ food habits, research has shown.
    They encouraged dependency on imported food, meaning the local fishing and farming industries on the islands died out.

    Traditional foods of the islands such as fresh fish, meat and local fruits and vegetables have been replaced by rice, sugar, flour, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, soft drinks and beer.
    Oxford University researchers said these newly introduced foods are ‘energy-dense, nutrient poor’ products which have led to rising levels of obesity.
    These Western foods also became a sign of social status among the islanders, research published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition found.
    Islanders were taught to fry their fish, rather than eat it raw as they had done before.
    These social changes happened very quickly because of the islands being small and populated by close knit communities.
    The Pacific Islands and Kuwait are top of the global obesity scale. American Samoa tops the chart, with 75 per cent of the population reported as obese. Nauru and the Cook Islands, also found in the South Pacific Ocean, come in second and third places with 71 per cent and 63 per cent of the population obese
    One theory is that the Pacific Islanders are genetically pre-disposed to become obese. However, Oxford University researchers say food preparation and cooking habits brought in by Western nations are to blame. The islands' farming and fishing industries were destroyed and they began to rely on foreign imports of foods like rice and sugar, they said








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