Wednesday, February 08, 2006

1/3 of the Axis of Evil children are fatter than ours

I have been watching a great show called Foreign Exchange. It is online. It is hosted by Fareed Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International. It is really good. He gives great perspective. Something we often are unable to get considering our traditional place in the world. Great interviews and very telling stats. Here are some crazy stats he recently posted:

Percentage of overweight/obese children:
Russia 10%
Brazil 14%
UK 20%
USA 26%
Spain 30%
Iran 34%

Source: Foreign Policy WHO

You can watch his great piece on nutrition here.

I am not surprised that the US does not lead the pack. I bet most Americans just assume that Europeans and Asians are healthier. We have a serious problem, but I believe as Americans we usually assume we are the worst nation when it comes to such problems. We assume that we are the best or worst so often.

The following stat is also telling:

90 suicide attacks in Israel since 1993.
315 suicide attacks worldwide between 1980 and 2003.
400+ suicide attacks in Iraq since March 2003.
Source: Rand Corporation

This really gives perspective.


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