The United States doesn’t have the highest obesity rate in the Americas (that dubious honor goes to Mexico), but more than one-third of US adults are currently obese, and that number isn't dropping. It's a pretty eye-opening statistic, especially when compared with data from countries like Japan and India, where obesity rates fall below five percent.

Why the difference? While national obesity rates depend on many factors, they probably have a lot to do with lifestyle and culture, including what people eat and how they eat it. The good news is that everyone can borrow healthy eating habits from countries around the world—and leave some less-wholesome practices on foreign soil. Keep in mind that these habits come from traditional diets found in these countries—with globalization, some foods and eating habits have migrated around the world (for better or for worse). For example, les steaks hachés sounds like a typical French food, but it's actually the meaty part of Le Big Mac (and hardly part of traditional cuisine).

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