Macronutrient maps from:
ChartsBin: Macronutrients, 2005 - 2007 (You can also see the trends for macronutrients from 1990 to 2007 for each country. In the US, the trend was for more fat and protein, and less carbohydrate, over the last ~17 years.)
Overweight and obesity maps from:
World Health Organization, Global Health Observatory
Body Mass Index (BMI), Mean, Ages 20+, Age Standardized, Male, 2008
Prevalence of Obesity (BMI > 30), Ages 20+, Age Standardized, Both Sexes, 2008
Low-carb advocate Gary Taubes, in his popular book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, said:
"Carbohydrates make us fat and ultimately cause obesity. The fewer carbohydrates we consume, the leaner we will be."Taubes' views are shared by Dr. Atkins (New Diet Revolution) and Dr. Eades (Protein Power). I'm having difficulty reconciling this type of global data with their low-carb hypotheses, and their argument that calories don't count. Maps do not a study make, but there does seem to be a link between how many calories you eat and how much you weigh:
"Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating, and not sedentary behavior."
"Consuming excess calories does not cause [Taubes' emphasis] us to grow fatter, any more than it causes a child to grow taller. Expending more energy than we consume does not lead to long-term weight loss; it leads to hunger."