Like a fat girl watching the Prom Queen pile on the pounds, we ample Americans get a sick satisfaction witnessing China’s increasing obesity, only because it takes the supersized spotlight off us a bit. But we can’t gloat yet. Despite the projection that China will surpass the US in processed food consumption by 2015, China won’t be outfatting the US anytime soon, Quartz reports:
[By 2015] The average Chinese resident will eat only about a quarter as much processed food as the average American. And the American market will still be worth more ($369 billion versus an estimated $238 billion in China.)
On the obesity scale, the US still dwarfs China. Part of it has to due with China’s large agrarian population which hasn’t yet tasted the wealth which fosters fat. However, China’s health problems are steadily growing, with diabetes rates already eclipsing those of the US.
But for the time being, Americans can rest assured that though China beats us at emphysema and bird flu, they can’t touch our fatness.