This little news item is just too tasty to pass up [shamelessly filched from visir.is].
A new OECD report reveals that 60% of Icelanders are overweight. Twenty percent of us are obese. This puts Iceland in 7th place of the 33 most overweight nations in the world. By comparison, the other Nordic nations are way below average.
Sticking to Nordic comparisons, Icelandic children and adolescents have twice as many cavities as comparison groups in Sweden, and worse teeth than kids in the other Nordic nations. Perhaps understandable, when you consider that the average Icelander imbibes about a kg of sugar per week.
We Icelanders also have higher rates of chlamydia than our Nordic neighbours.
We hold the world record for highest food prices and the number of melanoma cases among Icelandic women are the highest in the world.
Icelanders also hold the world record when it comes to consumption of anti-depressants, which may account for the fact that we’ve also been measured as the happiest nation in the world.
Meanwhile, longevity in Iceland is about two years longer than in most other OECD nations. Go figure.
Anyway, not exactly the image we’ve liked to present of ourselves: the most beautiful women in the world, strongest men, happy, healthy etc.etc.
On the upside, we seem to have a sense of humour, because this news item has passed through Icelandic cyberspace like wildfire and everyone seems to think it’s hilarious.