Even after dropping to the second spot in the list of world’s fattest countires, the United States has a long way to go and many pounds to lose before it can ever being considered a "fit" nation.
Researcher and artist Nickolay Lamm used his creativity to bring statistical evidence into picture form. His most recent work is a body image comparison of American men as compared to men from Japan, France, and the Netherlands. The images depict the body types of these men and shows the comparison of weight distribution.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the average American man is 5’7” and weighs 195.5 pounds with a waist circumference of 39.7 inches. Their body mass index (BMI), which is a measure for human body shape based on mass and height is at 29. When comparing the countries depicted in these renderings, American men are, on the whole, significantly bigger. They have a 26 percent higher BMI compared to Japanese men (who have the lowest overall BMI of 23). Men in the Netherlands have a 25.2 BMI and French men come in at 25.55 BMI.
Obesity still remains an epidemic in American and it might be encouraging to research and explore the eating habits and lifestyles of these other, seemingly healthier countries. Take a look at the comparative images below:
Bloomberg news.Japan is one of the healthiest countries in the world, ranking number five overall according to statistical data reported by
Despite being known for indulgent pastries and smoking, French men still are ahead of American men when comparing waist sizes. This might be due to the portion sizes of many American foods as compared to French.
Dutch men are known for being tall, and the data bears out the word-of-mouth: men from the Netherlands average 6'1", the highest average height of any country worldwide. A lot of this has to do with genetics and their diet, which consists primarily of meats and dairy products depending on the region.
These images serve as a useful visual in comparing and contrasting body type, and to motivate people who may be overweight to get into shape. To see more of Lamm's work, take a look at his website: www.nickolaylamm.com/