Weight of the World Has Been Officially Calculated

    June 19, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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The weight of the world may sound like an impossible equation to calculate, but researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have determined that the weight of the human species totals roughly 3.5 million tons, or, if you prefer, 3.9 million metric tons.

Unfortunately for those of us living in the United States, we’re once again considered to be the heaviest country on the entire planet. According to the study, we make up nearly 34 percent of that astronomical weight despite the fact that the U.S. only represents 6 percent of the planet’s population. By comparison, the Asia comprises nearly 61 percent of the global population, yet they contribute only 13 percent to the weight of the world. Yikes.

After pouring over data from the World Health Organization, scientists determined that the average global body weight is around 137lbs. However, this number does vary greatly by region. For instance, the average weight in North America is about 178lbs, while those living in Asia are averaging about 127lbs.

What does all of this weight mean to us as a species? According to scientists, the increasing bloat of the human race could ultimately have “the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.” That is a pretty scary thought.

Below you’ll find a list of the heaviest and lightest nations on the planet. Once again, the United States takes the top spot. If that doesn’t leave you feeling a little thick around the midsection this morning, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranked the U.S. as having the most overweight and obese adults. Insert audible sigh here.

The 10 Heaviest Nations
1. United States
2. Kuwait
3. Croatia
4. Qatar
5. Egypt
6. United Arab Emirates
7. Trinidad and Tobago
8. Argentina
9. Greece
10. Bahrain

The 10 Lightest Nations
1. North Korea
2. Cambodia
3. Burundi
4. Nepal
5. Democ. Rep. of the Congo
6. Bangladesh
7. Sri Lanka
8. Ethiopia
9. Vietnam
10. Eritrea

  • Hayley

    I was wonderinghow much the WORLD weighs

  • buddy07

    Comparing North Korea to the United States is comparing a third-world country to a first-world power. It’s hardly a fair comparison. North Korea is full of poverty and starvation, while the United States is not. I’d be more interested in seeing the actual numbers, not just rankings, of ALL the countries before saying the United States is the “fattest” country. What if the top 100 countries are only separated by 3 lbs? That would mean nothing. However, if the United States outweighed Kuwait, #2, by 15 lbs., that would say a lot more. Also, average height would be useful as well, because taller people are generally heavier. A rough BMI could show if the weight of the people is healthly or not. While fat percentage is a better measuring tool, more data would make this study relevant science.

  • Jack

    According to the charts from up above, I noticed North Korea is ranked #1 under the 10 mosts lightest nations. I would have thought Kim Ill Un would have have made up for all that weight.

  • Tommy

    Someone’s math doesn’t check out. The world population is about 7 billion people. 3.5 million tons x 2000 lbs/ton = 7 billion tons. That would be a world full of one-pound people.

    • JASON

      it’s not 7 billion tons…if the average person weighs between 180 pounds for males and 130 pounds for females. With 7 billion people on the planet and it is roughly equal number of males opposed to females….that equates to 6,300,000,000,000 pounds for males plus 4,550,000,000,000 for females. Total would be 675,500,000,000,000 pounds….or 675 trillion pounds or 337,750,000,000 tons. Either way this article is wrong.

  • Rick

    Why would anyone bother considering this article when the most basic information is incorrect.

    An Imperial or North American Ton is 2000 lbs. a Metric Tonne is
    2200 lbs. so in Metric tonnes the number should be smaller not larger.

  • robbobb

    This study is insignificant! How can you compare the average weight of a person in Asia with that of America? For example, the average weight of a person in Asia may be smaller than that of the USA, but the average height of a person in the USA is bigger than that of Asia!

    It would have been more better for the study to compare the average body mass index in different countries….

  • Aminu Bello Malumfashi

    I think up till now we haven‘t attend that level of technological advancement that we can precisely calculate the world‘s weight.