I was surprised to find that Kuwait has just edged out the USA in the percent of its population that is reported as “overweight:” 74.2%. Forbes has an interesting visual flag display of the world’s fattest nations.
So what happened to Kuwait? One fairly unhelpful press release suggested that the increase in overweight and obesity was due to changes in diet and exercise habits. Thanks for that insight.
A recent study concluded that the risk of being overweight in Kuwait was positively influenced by income levels and yet the risk of obesity was inversely related to income levels. So, if you’re wealthy you’re more likely to be chubby, but if you’re poor, you’re at risk for obesity? Not sure I understand why that’s so. Maybe everyone has plenty to eat, but only the wealthy can afford gym membership?
Another study correlated increased weight with frequency of dental visits. Does that mean that the more dental work you need the more likely you are to be overweight/obese? I guess Kuwaitis don’t brush their teeth.