The US is still the fattest country in the world, research confirmed today.
An analysis of official figures from 10 countries reveals that, on average, American men tip the scales at 196lbs (89kg).
Australians are the second-heaviest, coming it at around the 189lbs (86kg) mark, followed by men in the UK, who weigh roughly 186lbs (84kg).
The findings mirror a damning report issued in November, which saw the US top the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s league of overweight nations.
The new figures, compiled today by Forza Supplements, also delved into the life expectancy of men across the countries and how tall they are, on average.
Data showed a stark difference in life expectancy, with men in the US expected to die four years earlier than those in Japan and Australia.
Government figures reveal that, on average, men from across the home nations tip the scales at 13st 3lb (84kg). Only Americans, coming in at roughly 14st (88.9kg) and Australians, around the 13st 5lbs (85.9kg) mark, are heavier
American men can expect to reach 76.9 years old – which experts have repeatedly blamed on the burgeoning obesity epidemic.
In contrast, life expectancy is 80.9 in both Japan and Australia – despite the latter also having a problem with bulging waistlines.
Men in the UK will die just short of their 80th birthday, on average, according to the data.
Italy, famed for its healthy Mediterranean diet, topped the life expectancy charts in Europe at 80.5 years old.
In terms of height, the data also revealed how the Dutch are the tallest – standing at 6ft (182cm), on average.
Italy, famed for its healthy Mediterranean diet, topped the life expectancy charts in Europe at 80.5 years old. Japanese men are reportedly the smallest – 5ft 7in (171cm)
By comparison, Japanese men are reportedly the smallest – 5ft 7in (171cm).
The average man in the UK reportedly stands at 5ft 10in (177cm), slightly taller than those in the US at 5ft 9.5in (176cm) and Australians at 5ft 9in (175cm).
Lee Smith, managing director of Forza Supplements, said: ‘These figures clearly show how obesity levels are going up all the time and this is impacting on male life expectancy.’
HOW MANY CHILDREN IN THE US ARE FAT?
Nearly 14 percent of America’s youngest children – those between two and five years old – are obese, according to data last month.
Researchers at Duke University analyzed data from the CDC’s National health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that, contrary to prior claims, childhood obesity is not subsiding in the US, and there are worrying increases in its prevalence in some age groups.
The findings came months after the Trump administration introduced new school lunch guidelines, relaxing Obama-era nutritional requirements.
Obesity plagues more than one third of adults in the US, and the study suggested that that proportion will only grow as younger generations do.
He added how the UK is ‘clearly heading the same way as the US where the average man now weighs 14st for the first time in its history’.
Mr Smith said: ‘Despite being one of the world’s richest nations, life expectancy in the US is lower than in many countries and the obesity epidemic is a big factor.
‘The challenge for the next 50 years is how to ensure the positive benefits in public health are not destroyed by our love of food and drink.’
OECD figures in November showed more than a third, or 38.2 per cent, of the 325 million people living in the US are obese.
In contrast, only 10 per cent of the population in Italy are obese, France and Spain only 17 per cent and Germany 24 per cent.
Over the last two decades, the US has implemented countless awareness programs to try to combat the obesity epidemic.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama became a mascot for healthier children while her husband was in office, spearheading the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, designed to motivate children to eat healthier and stay active in an effort to promote overall health.
But in December last year, the US Department of Agriculture announced it would relax the school lunch guidelines she championed – requiring more fresh fruits and vegetables and low-sugar dining options – in favor of new rules that would allow sweetened milk and sodium rich entrees.
Some optimistic studies have suggested that, at least among children, the epidemic may have stabilized in recent years.
But it seems the larger the data set examined, the more evidence there is that the problem remains pervasive.