What is the healthiest diet on the planet?


What is the Healthiest Diet on the Planet?

Nowadays, there are so many different diets and it seems that there’s no end to them. It looks like a new diet pop ups on the internet every other day or so.

And of course there will be doctors, nutritionists and dieticians who will claim this new diet is the healthiest, the best, or [insert random claim here].

But I decided to do my own research and find out which diet is actually the healthiest. In order to establish that we need to ask one simple question – which country is the least obese?

It’s no secret that obesity is the leading cause of various health complications such as: coronary heart disease (CHD), high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, abnormal blood fats, metabolic syndrome, cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS), reproductive problems and gallstones. [1]

So if a developed country has a low obesity rate it means that their diet is sustainable by a whole country and that’s something worth looking into to.

The most recent data I was able to dig up was from 2014, but I am pretty confident that obesity trends are relevant in 2016, and will be relevant for years to come, until new data shows otherwise.

You will not find undeveloped, or developing countries in this list, because such countries generally have low obesity rates due to limited food availability.

In addition, these countries most likely have not been touched by the hands of greedy giant food corporations, which spread junk food all over the world for profit at the cost of human health.

So here’s a list of 10 countries with the lowest obesity rates worldwide.

10. Belgium

Belgium is number 10 on my list of the least obese countries in the world with a 13.8 percent obesity rate among adults. That’s surprising considering the fact that Belgium is well-known for it’s high quality chocolate, waffles and French fries.

Potatoes, asparagus, meat, cheese and butter are considered to be the staple foods like in the majority of Europe. Belgians usually eat three meals per day, light breakfast, light, or medium-sized lunch and large dinner.

Here’s an example of a traditional Belgian meal Carbonade flamande. It’s a sweet-sour beef and onion stew made with beer, seasoned with thyme, bay leaves and mustard. Served with some French fries and some salad on the side.

Belgian Carbonade flamande - traditional Belgian meal
By Jiel Beaumadier via Wikimedia Commons

Written by Mark Forge

Mark Forge is the founder of FatForge - an information website dedicated to busting nutrition myths, scams and lies while helping people turn their weight around. If you want to lose weight I suggest starting here.


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  1. Hi. It’s interesting that you focused on Asia because I’ve been stating in the comments section of articles that appear in Disqus that maintaining a healthy weight is NOT difficult at all.

    I’ve also maintained, time and time again, that one doesn’t need to be obsessive about calories and gym workouts.

    It’s good that you’re doing this. Please continue to spread the truth.

    • That’s true! Generally, there’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet when it comes to weight loss. Lot’s of worthless workouts, diet plans, pills, you name it. In reality, it’s so simple and straightforward.

      Thanks for your comment, you made my day! 🙂

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