Just How Overweight are Americans?

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, has made it his mission to help his congregation to lose weight using something he’s termed the Daniel Plan.  From an article about the plan: “Warren, 58, says that with the plan, “we were trying to get people to eat healthier, fresher and more natural foods. The line we use is: ‘If it grows on a plant, it’s healthy. If it’s made in a plant, don’t eat it.’ My rule is no snacks, no sweets, no seconds.”

To demonstrate just how many Americans need to lose weight, here’s a powerful chart that illustrates how many people in different countries have a body mass index of over 30. Based on this, we can only hope that more pastors follow Warren’s lead in this…

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  • Jerry

    Nice post Brad, so where are the South American and African countries? And Hong Kong and China aren’t here either?

  • Dennis Sanders

    I have some issues with the infograph. The source is a website which I tried looking up. It just leads to a page with the web address. There’s been an issue with infographs that share some info that one happens to agree with, but has no real data to backup the information that’s in the graphic. Megan McArdle talked about this issue in a blog post late last year:


    I’m not saying that obesity isn’t an issue in America- I’m just wary of that graphic.

    • I agree that the graphic is long on presentation and short on reference…