Average American male body compared to other countries

Todd, the average American man.

Todd is a typical American man. His proportions are based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. As a U.S. male age 30 to 39, his body mass index (BMI) is 29; just one shy of the medical definition of obese. At five-feet-nine-inches tall, his waist is 39 inches.



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Body Mass Index understates the true obesity crisis: Study


‘Baloney Mass Index’ can give false readings.

According to a new study, the obesity problem in the U.S is far worse than previously thought.  Researchers found 39 per cent of Americans currently classed as slightly overweight using the Body Mass Index calculator are actually obese.

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Study: ‘Apple’ Shape is No Less Healthy Than Being ‘Pear’ Shaped


Body shape has no affect on health as once believed.

Being an ‘apple’ shape is no less healthy than being a ‘pear’, according to a new study that turns the long-held belief on its head.    Doctors have long thought that people with an ‘apple’ figure – a tendency to store fat around the belly rather than the hips – were at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.


Overweight Kids Get Less Help From the Family With Buying a Car


Students with an average BMI of 23 received assistance from parents to purchase a car.

Parents may be less willing to shell out the cash to help their child buy a car if that child is overweight or obese, new research shows.  The findings provide yet more evidence that heavier people face discrimination on many fronts, Amanda Kraha and Dr. Adriel Boals of the University of North Texas in Denton conclude in their report.


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30% of Overweight American’s Think They Are Thinner Than They Really Are


30% of overweight people thought they were in the normal range.

Many Americans have skewed perceptions when it comes to their weight, often believing they are thinner than they really are, even when the scales are shouting otherwise, a new poll finds.As part of the Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey, respondents were asked to provide their height and weight, from which pollsters calculated their body-mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height. Respondents were then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into.


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Honda’s Human-To-Robot Brain Interface

Honda’s Human-To-Robot Brain Interface


If you’re one of the many fans of The Surrogates comic book (soon to be a Bruce Willis movie), then Honda’s new human-to-robot brain interface technology will be welcome news. The Honda Research Institute Japan, ATR and Shimadzu Corporation have come up with a non-invasive control mechanism called the Brain Machine Interface (BMI).

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