Eating, drinking, sleeping & obesity

Subtitle: New Zealanders are eating the wrong food.

The New York Times and The Economist have both used recent OECD data to correlate time spent eating, drinking, sleeping and obesity.

The Times first <link>


“…the French spent the most time per day eating, but had one of the lowest obesity rates among developed nations.

“There does seem to be some correlation (although, as we all know, correlation is not causation). And note, of course, where America lies on this chart.”

The Economist makes a different correlation <link>


“Enjoying a leisurely meal or just getting enough sleep can seem like luxuries. But not so in France, where people spend more time dining, imbibing and snoozing than anywhere else in the mostly-rich countries of the OECD.”

New Zealanders seem to spend lots of time eating and sleeping AND end up high on the obesity scale. 

Look ing across the two graphs, the different BMI result recorded by New Zealanders and the French  who match us on time spent eating and sleeping., suggests New Zealanders are eating & drinking the wrong food. The only remaining variable seems to be what we put in our mouths.

Both articles draw comments, 80 and 45 respectively and are worth reading.


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