CalorieLab.com produced a very informative map two years ago of obesity in the United States, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This data, does not support the idea that people in cold climates tend to be heavier, at least not in the United States. In fact, the states with the highest rates of obesity tend to be those with warmer climates. Worldwide, obesity rates – and overall nutrition – varies more based on the economics of a region than the climate. According to the World Health Organization, “Current obesity levels range from below 5% in China, Japan and certain African nations, to over 75% in urban Samoa.” Samoa, with its tropical climate, would be much less cool than China or Japan. Of the factors influencing weight within cultures, climate seems to be rather unimportant.
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