Why Some Ethnic Groups Battle Weight and Others Don’t

by | Oct 31, 2016

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Data scientists with the digital weight loss coach, Noom, have just analyzed their global food database, searching for the countries and cultures that eat the most unhealthy foods.

Noom’s mobile app is downloaded in literally every country in the world, providing a truly global view of how cultures eat and what their most popular and caloric foods are as an ethnic group.

Under their analysis, Noom’s data scientists crunched the daily food logs of more than 42 million people around the world.

They separated for the most calorie dense foods and categorized these foods by country and language. Their data identified the most popular and unhealthy food groups by culture, along with the top-10 countries that log the most unhealthy foods in their meals.

Top 10 Cultures that Eat the Most Unhealthy Food

Noom’s data reinforces some of the biggest global stereotypes about Americans.

As a whole, Americans love butter, bacon, French fries, cheddar cheese and eat the most unhealthy meals, according to Noom’s proprietary food database.

Here’s a list of the top-10 countries that log the most unhealthy food, along with their most popular and high calorie dense foods.

1) USA – butter, peanut butter, bacon, cheddar cheese, French fries, fried eggs, whole milk, full-fat cheese, almonds and sugar.

2) Spain – beer, aceite de Oliva, white bread, butter, Leche Entera, fried potatoes

3) Germany – butter, Marmelade, Käse, Nutella, Frischkäse, Salami

4) Canada – butter, peanut butter, cheddar cheese, bacon, French fries.

5) Korea –spicy rice cake, coffee mix, soju, pork belly, spicy stir-fried pork, ramen

6) Austria – butter, marmalade, Käse, schokolade, beer, milch, nutella

7) China – butter, marmalade, Schokolade, Käse, Pommes Frites

8) United Kingdom – butter, bacon, cheddar cheese, fried eggs, chocolate, peanut butter

9) Australia – butter, whole milk, bacon, full-fat cheese, sugar, almonds, peanut butter

10) India – almonds, whole milk, coconut chutney, butter, sugar, fried fish.

Consumer Insight from this Global Food Analysis

Many people don’t realize popular foods from their cultures lead to slow weight gain.

A study published in last month’s British Medical Journal Open Diabetes Research & Care took a closer look at how mindfulness of diet provides better long-term success when it comes to weight loss management. Continued