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Map: Globesity and Nutrition Data From Around the World Feast Your Eyes: World Nutrition and Globesity

What's the connection between world nutrition and globesity? Take a look at these maps.



This map, from Chartbins, shows daily worldwide consumption—broken down by calories (shown in the map above) and by carbohydrates, fats and proteins (in the interactive version here)—for individuals in the total population. The world average clocks in at 2,780 calories per person per day, ranging from 3,420 calories in developed nations (dark green) to 1,820 calories in central Africa (light purple).

To understand the complexity of the global obesity problem, now take a look at how those patterns correlate with the world's Body Mass Index in the map below. (It's also worth noting that obesity experts suggest that BMI may not be an ideal indicator for measuring obesity). Comparing two maps shows some overlap between high daily caloric consumption and being overweight (orange in the map below), but it's by no means a direct correlation. Look closely at China and Argentina, for example.

For extra curious data-miners, it's also worth poking around on Gapminder's agriculture site for a closer look on how these data correlate with agricultural production around the world. Do wealthier countries really produce food more efficiently? The results may surprise you.


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