14%, or 1 billion people in the world are overweight. That’s 3 times the population of the entire United States. 66%, or 207 million Americans are overweight. While only about 4% of the world’s 7 billion people live in the United States, 20% of the world’s overweight population lives in the United States.
These statistics are alarming for the United States, but we are only the 3rd heaviest nation in the world, by percentage. Samoa is the heaviest nation, with 93% of their population being overweight or obese. The 2nd heaviest nation is the Pacific Isle of Kiribati, at 82%. (53)
Heart disease is the biggest cause of death in developed countries such as the USA, where greater quantities of meat are consumed and where a greater percentage of the population is overweight and obese.

A recent study found that in developed countries, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes prevail and thus contribute to death due to cardiovascular disease. This same study found that those individuals who reportedly ate less meat, ate more vegetables, fruit, and fiber, and had a normal BMI had less life threatening heart problems and had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (54)

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