Global obesity, a very weighty problem

Statistics published in The Lancet medical journal earlier this month have shown that there are now more people who tip the scales as obese or overweight than those who can be described as clinically underweight.  The figures, put together with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO), reveal an alarming increase in obesity over the past forty years, with over 10% of men worldwide now classed as obese and one in seven women.

There are some lovely charts to be taken from all the figures swirling around The Lancet’s report.  Firstly, some number-crunching to find the fattest countries on the planet yielded some surprising results.  You could be forgiven for expecting the United States to be the chubbiest nation, but the home of the cheeseburger, hot dog and milkshake comes in quite a long way down the list with roughly a third (33%) of the population classed as dangerously overweight.

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Are you cashing in? The best and worst paid jobs in America revealed

Forbes has unveiled its list of the best and worst paid jobs in America, and its good news for anyone in the medical profession and not such a great outlook for those working in the fast food industry.

Having studied the Occupational Employment Statistics survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes found that the best paid job was as an anesthesiologist, with an average annual salary of $235,070.  That came in at a staggering $216,200 more than the worst paid occupation, working in a fast food restaurant on $18,870 per annum.

In second place for high earnings were general surgeons ($233,150), while third place went to oral and maxillofacial surgeons ($218,960).  Of the top ten highly paid jobs, nine were in the medical profession.

By the slimmest of margins the second most poorly paid occupation was serving fast food, with an average annual salary of $18,880.  In third place were shampooers at hairdressing salons, making just $30 more per year to take their annual pay to $18,910.

Chart-wise, the breakdown of the USA’s top and bottom ten jobs by salary looks like this:

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Looking for love? The statistics and charts could be stacked in your favour

Love, they say, makes the world go round – and it also makes for some fantastic statistics.  Love is big business, with the world of online dating getting bigger and more lucrative every year.  Where once going online to look for love was seen as an embarrassing, taboo subject, more than a third of marriages in the US in 2015 began with online dating and more than 1 in 5 relationships in the UK now start this way.

So with the stigma gone, what are people looking for when they seek a partner online?  Here are a few intriguing online dating facts, distilled into some very interesting little charts.

Last year a report found that 40 million Americans were using online dating services, generating a colossal $1,749,000,000 in revenue.  The average online dater in America spends $243 a year on their search for a soulmate, and with more than 54 million singletons in America there is plenty of searching to be done.  Unfortunately for all the single ladies out there, there are 86 single men for every 100 single women…

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Death by selfie - What the statistics say

Some people take literally hundreds every day and post them anywhere and everywhere, while others are a little more coy about the amount of time they spend secretly pouting into the lens.  Narcissistic or not, selfies are inescapable – but statistics show they are increasingly responsible for deaths and serious injuries.

With keen self-snappers pushing the boundaries and getting into ever more dangerous situations in pursuit of the ultimate shot,  the global picture craze is said to have claimed twenty-seven lives worldwide in 2015.  That was up from the sixteen reported the previous year.

Among the most unusual selfie-related deaths last year was a man gored to death as he snapped himself during the annual bull run in a Spanish town, and a Japanese tourist so busy taking his own photo that he fell down some steps at the Taj Mahal.  In Russia, two young men died after posing with a live hand grenade, one of the many incidents which prompted the Russian government to issue a lengthy ‘selfie safety’ leaflet and video.

There is a certain enjoyable gallows humour to be got from these stories, sad as they are for the individuals involved and their families.  Apart from the little bit of schadenfreude we can all enjoy, there are also some interesting charts to be plucked from the statistics.  When the data collected since the start of 2014 is broken down it reveals some intriguing and unusual results…

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Rugby World Cup attendees

With the world cup being such a big sporting event, it is interesting to see how many people have actually attended games in the past. This type of data is great to use in a bar chart as you can see the comparison easily. Also as the charts are fully customizable I can use our label feature to show the data in the bar and remove the bottom axis, which you will see in the chart below:

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