Global Obesity Trends, visualized

The Guardian's ever-reliable data blog has produced an interesting interactive graph showing how weight varies by country, continent, and gender. The screenshot above is a comparison of obesity weights among women on different continents. Overall, rates of obesity increased between 2002 and 2010 on every continent. The graph highlights three countries that bucked the trend. The other graphs show obesity rates among women compared with men in 2010 and among men in 2002 and 2010.

I've written before about food and obesity rates, here for example, and here. What do you think might be causing the increase in obesity worldwide? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Update: Here is a link to an interview with Michael Moss about the placement of salt, sugar and fat in our diets.

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