Biggest Global Health Threat? Obesity

You wouldn’t suspect that poor countries would end up being grossly obese, but since the 1980s Mexico has gone from being one of the fittest countries to being one of the fattest countries on the planet. They aren’t alone though. The projections for the growth of the number obese persons by 2030 is 1 billion people. How on earth can we all be so huge if we are also starving to death?

What about India – we’ve all seen pictures of the million-people slums packed with starving children. The film, Slum Dog Millionaire described India’s acute poverty and gave us visual food for thought, but did you know that this country can expect to see 52 million obese people by 2030?

And take China – they have plenty of poverty and starving people, right? How about a rise in teenage diabetes to rival the US’s 4 times over? Brazil can expect to see half their entire population to be extremely overweight and Mexico will be 70% obese, with a large portion of the population already busting out of their size 16 pants. It seems absolutely insane in a world that feeds us GMOs, to quote Monsanto and other mega-corporations, “in an attempt to feed the starving, and growing population of the world.’ So what exactly is causing everyone to, quite literally, blow up?

As Dr. Mark Hyman explains, “The mistake is to think that if you eat an abundance of calories, your diet automatically delivers all the nutrients your body needs. But the opposite is true. The more processed food you eat, the more vitamins you need. That’s because vitamins and minerals lubricate the wheels of our metabolism, helping the chemical reactions in our bodies run properly. Among those biochemical processes greased by nutrients is the regulation of sugar and burning of fat. The problem is that the standard American diet (SAD) is energy dense (too many calories) but nutrient poor (not enough vitamins and minerals). Many ‘empty calories’ confuse the metabolism and pack on the pounds.”


·     Portion sizes are out of control. Even the CDC says that many restaurants serve portions that are far more than anyone needs at one meal. Americans will eat as much as 75% more sitting in front of the television. If you are going to snack, be sure to limit portions – especially when you aren’t paying attention to what you are consuming. When snacking between meals, eat healthy snacks, not sugar-laden, processed foods.

·     Fast-track operations like gastric bypass surgery don’t solve the real crisis of why people over eat. After spending thousands on an operation, if the diet and lifestyle is not augmented, then someone can end up obese again. These operations also come with serious complications – from irritable bowel syndrome, pulmonary embolism, nerve problems, blood sugar regulation problems, and even death.

·     Medical health and awareness about nutrition and lifestyle is lacking in poor areas of the world stuck on Coca-cola, McDonald’s and KFC, along with other processed foods since they are often cheaper, but largely promoted by food companies to ‘underclass’ citizens. In the poorest areas, those even lacking proper drinking water in schools, enjoy free Coca-cola passed out at local gatherings. Babies drink soda from their bottles instead of formula or breast milk. Even after the Mexican government tried to ban unhealthy products in many of the poorest areas, Coca-cola continued to sell their products, making deals with local principals to continue sales to both children and their parents. The effects are evidenced in Mexico, where people drink more soft drinks there than any other country in the world. This is partly why over two-thirds of all adults there are already considered obese.

·     Malnourished children are eating sugar, and sugar laden products instead of getting vitamins, minerals and macronutrients they need to be healthy and satiated. People who grow up malnourished learn a ‘food scarcity’ paradigm and are therefore always hungry, even as adults. The damage to the metabolism has already been done in their youths, and people will crave unhealthy foods for most of their lives, even when healthy food is available in abundance later in life.

The documentary, Globesity, outlines the problems causing obesity around the world in even more detail. It’s time we take our food supply back, and tell big corporations we aren’t interested in their poison food. It makes us fat and malnourished, dumb, and lazy. We were all meant to experience a better life than the one Big Ag and the GMA (which includes companies like Coca-Cola, Nestle and Pepsi) would provide for us.

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