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RE: I’m in Europe, what’s up with the smoking
Looking at some comparisons, it seems to me that daily walking is the biggest factor, because Europeans don't take in that much less in calories (but a significant amount, maybe 10-15%), maybe because of alcohol, though they are also taller on average and so require more.
Toward the bottom of the chart, you see Kenya, then Ethiopia near the bottom, and Eritrea at the bottom.
I wonder how much of their distance running success comes from having such a high percentage of the population taking in so few calories, leaving so many more thin people--coupled with running culture, opportunity, and altitude.
Each of these countries also has massive caloric inequality, meaning that most of the population subsists on far fewer calories. Canova has said that many of the new runners he finds are hungry a lot of the time.
161 Kenya 2,030 8,490
162 Timor-Leste 2,020 8,450
163 Tanzania 2,020 8,450
164 Chad 2,010 8,410
165 Angola 1,960 8,200
166 Central African Republic 1,960 8,200
167 Ethiopia 1,950 8,160
168 Zambia 1,880 7,870
169 Haiti 1,850 7,740
170 Comoros 1,840 7,700
171 Burundi 1,680 7,030
172 Eritrea 1,590 6,650

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