A global list of bad behavior

  • Article by: FOREIGN POLICY
  • Updated: September 10, 2013 - 9:01 PM

Which country is the drunkest of them all? The laziest? The fattest?

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Vanity: Americans love their Botox.

Which country is the drunkest of them all? The laziest? The fattest? Here's our list:

Sloth: The Dutch work the fewest hours each year (1,381 per worker on average), while Mexicans work the most (2,226), among OECD countries. The French spend the most time eating and sleeping — snoozing for more than an hour longer each night than South Koreans, who get the least sleep.

Vanity: The United States is getting more nips, tucks and Botox injections than any other country, with a whopping 3.1 million procedures performed in 2011 alone, accounting for 21 percent of the world’s total. When it comes to rhinoplasty, China is ahead of Japan by a nose — more than 5,000 noses, actually — with 51,680 procedures, or nearly 11 percent of the worldwide total.

Alcohol: South Koreans drink the most hard liquor (approximately 24 liters per capita annually); the Cook Islands quaff the most beer (182 liters per capita), and France, no surprise, imbibes the most wine (55 liters per capita).

Sex: Americans buy some $430 million worth of condoms yearly, but the U.S. market for vibrators is more than twice that, at $1 billion. The biggest U.S. retailer of sex toys reports that per capita sales are highest in some of the least populous states — Wyoming, Alaska and North Dakota.

Gambling: Australia and Singapore annually lose the most money gambling per capita by far — $1,288 and $1,174, respectively — double the nearest competitors.

Drugs: Italians, New Zealanders, Americans and Nigerians are most likely to use marijuana, with 14 percent or more of adults lighting up. El Salvador leads in meth, with 3.3 percent getting high on amphetamine-type stimulants. Scotland had the world’s highest rate of cocaine use in 2011, with 2.4 percent using the drug.

 

Gluttony: A body mass index of 30 or above is considered obese. By that measure American Samoa has the planet’s fattest population, with almost three-quarters of adults extremely overweight. Yet Austrians consume the most calories (3,800 per day). In fact, nine of the top 10 countries with the highest caloric intake are European. The United States is No. 2.

Luxuries: The Japanese, it seems, just want to have fun. The country spends more disposable income on recreation — a total of $339 billion annually — than everywhere except the United States. In contrast, China outsaves the rest of the world, socking away more than half its GDP.

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Sources: International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, H2 Gambling Capital, Companies & Markets, Forbes, Adam & Eve, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Data Repository, CIA World Factbook, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Euromonitor International, World Bank.

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