Where are you on the global weight scale? Take the test!

By Aisling | July 16 2012 | 78 Comments

The BBC have developed a scary calculator to measure just how fat or thin you are compared to the global average.  And while they’re at it they’ll tell you where you are in relation to the rest of Ireland.

Your weight is plotted upon a graph of world averages and you’ll also find out how much weight you would add or subtract if the rest of the world had the same weight as you (!).

Now of course the database is flawed – Ethiopa have the lowest average weight for example and we all know why.

Take the test – if you dare – and tell us how you got on!

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78 Replies to "Where are you on the global weight scale? Take the test!"

  • Acat says:

    I am most likely someone from Nigeria based on my weight!
    Below average in the world, yay :)
    This is a fun gimmick but I wouldn’t take it too seriously, only individuals know what is a healthy weight for them.
    I could definitely do with eating less chocolate and pizza!

  • ShellBelle says:

    My result:


    National – Below average
    You have a lower BMI than 67% of females aged 15-29 in your country

    Global – Below average
    You have a lower BMI than 57% of females aged 15-29 in the world

    If everyone in the world had the same BMI as you, it would remove 30,863,330 tonnes fromthe total weight of the world’s population

    You’re most like someone from Italy

    Pretty happy with that. Most like someone from Italy though? If I lived in Italy I’m pretty sure I’d be way heavier than I am! Pizza and pasta, mmmmmm…….

  • Most like someone from Angola. Which isn’t bad, its only a neighbouring country to my homeland.


  • ~Thalia~ says:

    So I may as well be a Tongan Jabba the hut style warrior. As if I needed any further encouragement to bang down the door of weightwatchers.

  • Joanna says:

    Below average for Ireland in my age group – above average for the rest of the world.
    Most like someone from Denmark.
    I not even a big fan of Danish pastry…..

  • Niamhers says:

    Most likely someone from Congo!! :P
    And below average in both Ireland and globally!
    Haha this seems fun, but like Acat said, definitely not something you’d take seriously!

  • Fiona says:

    Had a laugh about this with Lorraine on Friday. Apparently I’m most like someone from Ethiopia. Suuuure.

  • Fifibelle says:

    Weird!!most likely someone from Ethiopia!!!wtf??

    Defo not to be taken seriously!!

  • LynnieDoll says:

    I have 23 BMI,
    You have a lower BMI than 62% of females aged 30-44 in your country.
    You have a lower BMI than 55% of females aged 30-44 in the world.
    If everyone in the world had the same BMI as you, it would remove 5,807,799 tonnes from the total weight of the world’s population.
    You’re most like someone from Sao Tome and Principe.

    Don’t feel that bad now, considering I put up 3 stone while I was pregnant with Little Doll.
    But the only time I really feel good is when I get into those ‘one’ pair of jeans that lurks in the back of the wardrobe. Then I’ll know the weight is gone…

  • Orla says:

    I had a go at this on friday with some people at work – I’m most like someone from Barbados! Above average for 94% of the world or something! I don’t buy into the whole BMI thing though – it only goes on hight & weight, and a lot of that could be muscle/boobs! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it because I’m too lazy to exercise!

  • Fiona says:

    THAT SAID: the fact that I’m a healthy weight yet still have a BMI lower than 87% of women in my age group is a scary indictment of how BMI has crept up over the years. Of course it’s not a perfect science – muscle weighs more than fat, etc, etc – but there’s no doubting we’re becoming increasingly unhealthy. Saw a bunch of former classmates recently and was shocked at how many are now seriously overweight.

  • Joanne says:

    Jesus I’m a whale! Above average, heavier than 51% of my age group in Ireland. It’s all muscle & bone I tell you.

    In all seriousness I do have some weight to lose but I’m very fit, workout a lot and generally eat health so I’m happy with myself, I wouldn’t take this too seriously as everybody is different.

  • Shelley says:

    OMG it might aswell have just read “Fat Bitch”…
    Anyhow I’m off to get a plane to the Dominican Rep,at least I’ll “squeeze” nicely in there!!

  • SLH says:

    I did this for Ireland (where I’m from) – 24 bmi, and below average for the country.
    I did it then for Belgium (where I live) – 24 bmi and above average for the country.
    And I’m most like people from Angola.
    You’d need a lot of people from each country to do this in order to get a decent representation of the whole.

  • Lurganista says:

    Giggle fest are wha?
    I’m from Eritrea (had to wiki horn of Africa!)
    I’m thinner than 91% of ppl aged 30-44!
    Whilst I agree not to take too serious, it’s interesting to see how weight levels are worldwide & at home.
    I have a chronic illness which keeps me on the thin side.

  • tessy says:

    Help! I don’t know how to insert my height.

    I’m 1,63m but the calculator doesn’t accept it for some reason. When i convert it to feet (5,34?), I’m told my BMI is 11 and i’m from ethiopia, which is def. not the case. What am I doing wrong?

  • Oh god, I did that on Friday and I think I was fatter than 55% of Ireland and most like someone from Norway. That’d be my athletic, Scandanavian look then. IN OPPOSITE WORLD.

  • Melanie says:

    BMI 24, lover than 57% Irish & lower than 51% globally. Most like Ivory Coast.

  • emilylouise says:

    Oh dear Lord, I’m 4 pounds above the maximum healthy weight for my height- but that calculator says I’m most likely from UAE and above the weight of 83% of others my age. How seriously depressing. As if this Monday needed anything else to drag me down!

  • I’m not even going to bother. I’d break the computer.

    Load of old shite. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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