The United States is home to the most obese population in the
Americas, Asia and Europe, has the fattest kids by a wide margin and is
tops in poor health for teenagers, according to the latest measure of
well-being from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
In its "How's Life 2015?"
report released Tuesday, the United States is also among the nations
with underperforming students and second in murders and assaults.
But the U.S. shines when it comes to personal wealth and even the
number of rooms in our homes, said the organization that charts the
personal and economic health of countries.
The report from the world organization is released every two years
and this year it features a focus on child health and welfare in Europe,
the Americas and much of Asia, including Japan and South Korea.
The report notes that all nations have room to improve quality of
life for its citizens, though it doesn't openly criticize the United
States. However, in several graphics and charts, it is clear that the
United States doesn't match the world average in several areas besides
For example, the U.S. is a nation of workaholics that doesn't take as
much time off as the rest of the world. It also is subpar on life
expectancy, adult skills and suffers a higher rate of deaths due to
assault than other nations in the report.
But it was the findings on obesity and child health that jumped out in the important report.
In the obesity chapter, the United States is put at No. 1, ahead of
33 other nations, despite years of work by the Obama administration, the
first lady and the Agriculture Department, which has been pulling sugar
and salt out of school lunches.
The report shows that obesity in America has jumped since 2000 and
that 35 percent of the nation is overweight. For comparison, 4 percent
of Japanese and 25 percent of Canadians are obese.
The U.S. also tops the list of teens report in poor health, at 22 percent.
Worse, the U.S. soars over every other country in the number of obese
and overweight children, at a whopping 38 percent. The next worse
country is Canada, with a combined obese and overweight child population
at below 25 percent.