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Here’s What The Average Man’s Body Looks Like Around The World

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The average American male is becoming shorter and fatter every day.

As part of digital artist Nickolay Lamm’s 2013 Body Measurement Project, Lamm compared the average body mass indices (BMI) of men in the US, Japan, the Netherlands and France.

Using measurements normally related to each BMI, Lamm created a mockup average man for each country. The statistics come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as each country’s respective health departments.

Without a hint of shame, Lamm stands each boxer-clad average Joe next to his international equivalents. The results are visible to the naked eye.


Americans are the fattest of the group. The man, who’s between the ages of 30 and 39, has a 39-inch waist.


The sedentary Western lifestyle has driven the average, 5′ 9″ man’s BMI up to 29, just below the official definition of obese.


On the opposite side of the health spectrum is the specimen from the Netherlands, who is the tallest at just over 6 feet. He has a BMI of 25.2.

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The difference is striking when the healthiest pairs up against the least healthy.

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