By GI Korea
April 13th, 2009 at 7:41 am
Here is something that Korea can rightfully take pride in:
Korea has the lowest obesity rate among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Strategy and Finance Ministry said Sunday that the national obesity rate was three-and-a-half percent. The finding came after the OECD released results of a three-year survey on obese and overweight people aged 15 or above living in the organization’s 30 member states.
Japan had the second-lowest obesity rate of three-point-nine percent, followed by Switzerland and Norway, but the survey said Korea had more overweight people than Japan.
So who is the OECD’s biggest fat asses, yes you guessed it the United States:
The United States had the highest obesity rate with 34-point-three percent followed by Mexico, New Zealand and Britain.
The US is still the only country I have ever been to where if you go to Wal-Mart you are guaranteed to see people so overweight they need motorized carts to get around in. When my Korean brother in law came and visited my wife and I in the US, he wanted to make a special trip to Wal-Mart just to see this because he couldn’t believe it when I told him that. Sure enough we went to Wal-Mart and saw some jumbo sized people. It is pretty sad when your country’s density of obese people becomes a tourist attraction.