America’s Latest Export: Obesity?

Forget about Borat the Boor; as the Russian comedian Jacov Smirnov used to say about the U.S., "What a country." Within the past few weeks, we've heard about FDA 's approval of AstraZeneca's first over-the-counter diet pill, approval of Pfizer's  obesity treatment for dogs, and now we hear from the World Health Organization that the increasing popularity of U.S.-style fast food is having the expected effects in China and other developing nations.  For more on this trend, read Forbes' February 8th piece.   Following is Forbes' Table of "The World's 50 Fattest Nations" Rank Country % 1. Nauru 94.5 2. Micronesia, Federated States of 91.1 3. Cook Islands 90.9 4. Tonga 90.8 5. Niue 81.7 6. Samoa 80.4 7. Palau 78.4 8. Kuwait 74.2 9. United States 74.1 10. Kiribati 73.6 11. Dominica 71.0 12. Barbados 69.7 13. Argentina 69.4 14. Egypt 69.4 15. Malta 68.7 16. Greece 68.5 17. New Zealand 68.4 18. United Arab Emirates 68.3 19. Mexico 68.1 20. Trinidad and Tobago 67.9 21. Australia 67.4 22. Belarus 66.8 23. Chile 65.3 24. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 65.2 25. Seychelles 64.6 26. Bahrain 64.1 27. Andorra 63.8 28. United Kingdom 63.8 29. Saudi Arabia 63.5 30. Monaco 62.4 31. Bolivia 62.2 32. San Marino 62.1 33. Guatemala 61.2 34. Mongolia 61.2 35. Canada 61.1 36. Qatar 61.0 37. Uruguay 60.9 38. Jordan 60.5 39. Bahamas 60.4 40. Iceland 60.4 41. Nicaragua 60.4 42. Cuba 60.1 43. Germany 60.1 44. Brunei Darussalam 59.8 45. Slovenia 59.8 46. Peru 59.6 47. Vanuatu 59.6 48. Finland 58.7 49. Jamaica 57.4 Bloomberg News recently ran a short segment on this trend as it affects China(clip is attached below).

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Feb. 07, 2007. 11:31 PM EST