What Does the Average American Man Look Like Compared to Other Countries?
Posted by Nickolay Lamm in Lifestyle on 25th September 2013
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.
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 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.
176.4 cm height
99.4 cm waist
82.9 cm waist
91 cm waist
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.
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).