America is the Bulging Waistline of the World: Comparison Map of Obesity in Countries 1980-2008

http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/media/2011InfoG/Interactive/Obesity_Feb07/Obese2.swf 

The folks at The Economist have created this handy map to show the changes in Body Mass Index in countries around the world over the last few decades (males over 20 yrs old). Click on the 1998 and 2008 in the top right corner to see how things have changed in those 20 years. Can we all agree that obesity is the most significant health issue facing the U.S. in the coming decades? And if we can agree on that we have to agree that food policy and food culture are among the most important issues facing our communities. I can't help but notice the contrast between the the US and Africa. What do you notice?

 

h/t Daily Dish