Unfortunately, this number 1 ranking is something that we should not be proud about. Congratulations to the US for being the fattest nation in the world. Latest statistics show that our average body mass index is over 28 (25-29.9 is overweight and over 30 is obese).
I am always amazed at the charts on obesity on the CDC website over the last 20 years (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html#State) . It is shocking.
This article has charts from the World Health Organization:
Yet, the "Food-Industrial Complex", continues to dupe the masses with fancy marketing and deceptive food labels.
I just saw this ad on the TV yesterday regarding high fructose corn syrup:
Well, if you have 1 1/2 hour to kill, I HIGHLY recommend spending the time watching this presentation "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" by Robert H. Lustig MD. He is a Endocrinologist at UCSF. I think he does an elegant job of talking about sugar in the diet and particularly fructose.
Sorry to be a downer on Super Bowl Sunday, but as I tell my patients, "it is, what it is".