According to a new study by the researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the United States represents 5 percent of the global population, but contributes to almost one-third of the world’s weight due to obesity.
Researchers warned that the U.S.’s rising obesity rate may lead to a future food scarcity problem.
Researchers concluded that although the average global body weight is 137 pounds, there are huge differences across regions.
The average is 178 pounds in North America and 127 pounds in Asia, for example. The United States has the highest number of fat people any nation.
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The researchers point out that affluent nations like the United States will be less impacted by rising food prices than poorer countries will, despite the fact that the U.S. is the root of the problem.
Some estimates predict that 75 percent of Americans will be overweight by 2020.