Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Site of the Day: Global Fat Scale

Over the next few days here and on social media (follow me on Twitter), I'll be sharing some of my favorite websites. Enjoy!

Global Fat Scale
I really wish the BBC had a more permanently configured web page with a memorable URL for its Global Fat Scale calculator, because it's actually very cool. You key in your age, sex, height, weight, and country in which you live, and it spits back out your BMI and some stats about how you compare to others in your country and across the world.

Global Fat Scale results and factoids show countries where your sized body,
based on body mass index, is average according to age and sex.

For example, with a BMI of 22 (no decimal places are used, but I'm actually more like 22.9!), I am most similarly sized with women of my age in Niger. If I gain a pound, I'm more like women in Liberia. The site displays some other neat factoids, too, such as:
"If everyone in the world had the same BMI as you, it would remove 16,565,158 tonnes from the total weight of the world's population."
What's really neat is to scroll through the display of countries on the chart that this website outputs to see how various nations rank next to one another. If you scroll way down to the bottom, where people are very slim, you will find a list of mostly poorer countries... plus Japan at number 14.

Where do you fall on the global fat scale?
Countries with the leanest women, on average, age 30-44
(ranked bottom to top; i.e., Ethiopia is 1, Sri Lanka is 2, etc.)

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