There's only one country that eats more fat than Australia -- and it isn't the US

America may be the world’s leader in the obesity epidemic, but it’s not the leader in the amount of fat it eats.

In terms of overall fat consumption, the US is ranked 12th in a list of the top 20 countries who eat the most fat, according to a recent research note from Credit Suisse on dietary fat consumption and its health and market implications.

Here’s the list of the top countries who eat the most fat, ranked by the amount of calories they get from fat:

Several large recent, peer-reviewed studies have suggested a fascinating but seemingly counterintuitive idea: That the amount of fat you eat may not be as directly linked with how fat you are as we once thought.

“The main perception of the western world is that ‘fat makes you fat,'” the authors of the note write. “Yet the fat content in our body does not depend just on eating fat.”

The data from Credit Suisse may lend a bit of support to those findings. Of course, there are some correlations between the data on obesity prevalence and fat consumption as well: Spain and Australia, for example, both ranked first on this list, each have fairly high obesity prevalence rates.


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