In top 20 fat states
If you spot obese people at almost every street corner in Barbados, it’s not an optical illusion.
That’s because Barbados is near the top of the list of the world’s fattest nations, edging out the United States, Kuwait, Mexico and Egypt but Barbadians are not nearly as obese as the people of American Samoa and Nauru.
And the sedentary lifestyle – including sitting most hours of the day and a crave for fast foods and fizzy drinks – is being blamed by the experts for the island’s high level of obesity which has catapulted Barbados to the top 20 world ranking of fat states.
According to data collected by the US Central Intelligence Agency and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a third of Barbados’ population was obese, earning the country 14th place out of 191 UN member-states and territories surveyed. (TB)