Who's fatter, the US or Europe?

Just a very quick post (more of a reminder actually). Here’s a picture of the US obesity situation, state per state.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Aug. 3, 2010

Now you can come up with all your favourite explaining factors: soul food? income level? music style? Pick one. Hold onto it. And now, let’s have look at the situation in the European Union, nation per nation, and… you can throw your explaining factor away!

Source: World Health Organization Global Infobase, Aug. 4, 2010

I mean, look at Germany, and Great Britain: in what are they so different from France? Why is Finland so much fatter than Sweden and Norway? And what about Turkey and Greece? Jee, this sociology of obesity thing is more complicated than I thought…