"Todd," the digitally rendered man pictured at far left, is a physiologically average American male, his paunchy proportions based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. Beside him stand average men from Japan, the Netherlands and France. How do you stack up?
Originally created by digital artist Nickolay Lamm for his Body Measurement Project, the renderings compare the body of the average American male to those of average men in Japan, the Netherlands and France. Over at The Atlantic, Health editor James Hamblin explains that Todd the American-everyman is between the ages of 30 and 39, measures five-feet-nine-inches tall, and has a waist 39 inches around. His body mass index – aka "BMI," a useful, but fundamentally flawed, metric for identifying weight problems – is 29; "just one shy of the medical definition of obese." So how does Todd compare to his international counterparts?