It's a well-known saying that someone is as 'fat as a piggie' ... but it's now been shown that modern humans are actually just that!

Scientists in an AHDB research project discovered that adult humans are now, on average, fatter than the normal pig. The search for lean meat over the past few decades has meant that pigs have shed the pounds, while obesity in humans is on the rise.

The stats show that pigs now have 16% body fat, which is around 4% less than that that of 20 years ago. The average middle-aged 'human male piggie', however, has an average body fat of 25% – and human obesity is at a level of 28% of the adult population, against 15% 20 years ago.

Just goes to show that it ain't meat eating that's causing us to put on the pounds!