Better Health: Smart Health Commentary Better Health (TM): smart health commentary

Article Comments (2)

Kuwait tops USA in percent overweight

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.

What really happened to Kuwait?  This happened.This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.


You may also like these posts

Read comments »


2 Responses to “Kuwait tops USA in percent overweight”

  1. Anonymous says:

    LOL, I clicked on the “this happened” link. I know they made me fat too. This is a great blog thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    hi

    i would like to thank you for your lovely info about the forbes we had in kuwait , but to be honestly i found it here more at the US specaily with the fast food ‘junk food’ as american’s call it , and what was you references based on that percentage of 74.2% that means all the kuwaities are fatty poeple regarding to your number show’s above, and about brushing our teeth , we do brush our teeth and to correct your info we have less dentist clinic’s than you have in one of the states over here. thanks again and have agood day

Return to article »

Latest Interviews

Caring For Winter Olympians In Sochi: An Interview With Team USA’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gloria Beim

I am a huge fan of the winter Olympics partly because I grew up in Canada where most kids can ski and skate before they can run and partly because I used to participate in Downhill ski racing. Now that I m a rehab physician with a reconstructed knee I…

Read more »

How Do Hospital Executives Feel About Locum Tenens Agencies And Traveling Physicians?

I recently wrote about my experiences as a traveling physician and how to navigate locum tenens work. Today I want to talk about the client in this case hospital side of the equation. I ve had the chance to speak with several executives some were physicians themselves about the overall…

Read more »

See all interviews »

Latest Cartoon

See all cartoons »

Latest Book Reviews

The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

Read more »

Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

Read more »

Unaccountable: A Book About The Underbelly Of Hospital Care

I met Dr. Marty Makary over lunch at Founding Farmers restaurant in DC about three years ago. We had an animated conversation about hospital safety the potential contribution of checklists to reducing medical errors and his upcoming book about the need for more transparency in the healthcare system. Marty was…

Read more »

See all book reviews »