Searched through the threads and found discussions on obesity and sprawl and city living...here's an international bent
....all wealthy countries who can afford to eat as much as they want...
Prevalence of obesity (BMI > 30):
US - 20.0 / 25 (1994 data age 20-74)
UK - 17 / 22 (1998 16-64)
W. Germany - 19.4 / 21 (1998 25-69)
Netherlands - 8.5 / 9.6 (1997 20-59)
...all of these countries definitely ain't get thinner...but who has gotten larger the least?...you got it...the Netherlands. Bicycle friendly land extraordinaire.
Have a copy of the source of the data - report from Nature magazine if anyone wants it. Note the dates.
Separate reports show:
Denmark recent 2001 data recently show
10-13% are obese - BMI > 30.
Denmark is cycle friendly too..not as much as Netherlands though.
UK and Germany are major car dependent like US so not surprising that there have been rapid increases in obesity like in the US. Major investments by German government in making cities more walkable/bicyclable though. Especially in the Northern parts.
Recent data on US from CDC
"During the past 20 years, obesity among adults has risen significantly in the United States. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older - over 60 million people - are obese.
This increase is not limited to adults. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6-19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight."
...also related to diabetes increase, et al...