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Published 18 July 2012 08:15, Updated 19 July 2012 04:16
Weight question ... The BBC’s body fat calculator helps shine a light on the impact of obesity on public policy. Source: BBC
If you’ve ever wondered where you weigh in on a global scale, the BBC has a new calculator that will give you the answer.
It’s not just a lark either. As the Beeb notes, global weight gain is viewed by some researchers as a bigger threat to humankind than population growth, with the potential for obesity to overburden health systems, infrastructure and the environment.
The calculator takes into account age, gender, height, weight and country of residence to come up with a Body Mass Index it then compares to averages in countries around the world. Plugging your details in gives a BMI, a comparison to people of your gender in your home country and a view of where you fit into the global scheme of things.
It also tells you how much weight all of humanity would gain – or lose – from its total of 287 million tonnes, if everyone weighed the same as you.