What Does the Average American Man Look Like Compared to Other Countries?

Posted by Nickolay Lamm in Lifestyle on 25th September 2013

What if you took the average American man and made him stand next to the average man from other countries? 

The average man from the USA and the average man from Japan. 

Japanese women and men live longer and healthier than everyone else thanks to a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

The average man from the USA and the average man from France.

France has a culture that respects food from the farm, and teaches its children to value a well-balanced diet and proper meal times. The American culture of eating anytime is catching on in France and may be the cause of increased obesity levels. - NPR

The average man from the USA and the average man from the Netherlands.





The Dutch have some of the world's best healthcare, particularly at the stages of life that really make a difference for how tall we end up -- prenatal and the early years of childhood.

Second, they spread the health around. The most well-off Americans are tall, but less-privileged groups across all races bring down the average.

Our waistbands drag us down, as well. By eating so much, we produce too much growth hormone, too early in our lives. And so we stop growing earlier than the Dutch, who eat lots of protein like milk and cheese, but not too much. 

- Jim Sciutto "Land of the Giants"



 

From left to right: USA, Japan, Netherlands, and France


 

From tallest to shortest: Netherlands, USA, France, Japan



From left to right: USA, Japan, Netherlands, and France

The 3D models were produced using the average waist, height, and BMI measurements of the average middle aged male. 

USA

29 BMI
176.4 cm height
99.4 cm waist

Japan    


23.7 BMI

171.4 cm height
82.9 cm waist 

 

Netherlands

25.2 BMI 

183.3 cm height 
91 cm waist  

 

France    

25.55 BMI
174.4 cm height 
92.3 cm waist  

To ensure that the BMI body proportions were accurate, I consulted with Matthew P. Reed, a research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and an expert on body shape measurement.
 

Sources:

USA average height, waist, and BMI for males aged 30-39 comes from CDC

Japan average height for males aged 30-39 comes from the Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan (e-stat.go.jp). Japan average BMI and waist comes from the The Jikei University School of Medicine.

Netherlands average height, waist, and BMI for males aged 30-39 comes from National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).


France average height, waist, and BMI for males 30-54 comes from ENNS

Email nickolay@mindworklabs.com for high resolution images, comments, or PDF sources that were used for measurement data.

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