« | »

Study: Every Country In The World Has Gotten Fatter

From the Associated Press:

30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

By MARIA CHENG | May 29, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

Not even North Korea? Not even Ethiopia?

Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are heavy.

There goes Ethiopia’s jealously guarded reputation.

The U.S. has about 13 percent of the world’s fat population, a greater percentage than any other country. China and India combined have about 15 percent.

China and India also have regular famines. Do we want to emulate them?

"It’s pretty grim," said Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who led the study. He and colleagues reviewed more than 1,700 studies covering 188 countries from 1980 to 2013. "When we realized that not a single country has had a significant decline in obesity, that tells you how hard a challenge this is." …

Mr. Murray is just angry that Paul Ehrlich wasn’t right, and we haven’t all died of mass starvation by now.

Murray said there was a strong link between income and obesity; as people get richer, their waistlines also tend to start bulging…

Not in the US or Europe. (Except for Oprah.)

The new report was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published online Thursday in the journal, Lancet…

So you know there is no hidden agenda. (Not much.)

Last week, the World Health Organization established a high-level commission tasked with ending childhood obesity…

The problem will be solved for sure now.

"Modernization has not been good for health," said Syed Shah, an obesity expert at United Arab Emirates University, who found obesity rates have jumped five times in the last 20 years even in a handful of remote Himalayan villages in Pakistan. His research was presented this week at a conference in Bulgaria. "Years ago, people had to walk for hours if they wanted to make a phone call," he said. "Now everyone has a cellphone." …

"There are roads for (companies) to bring in their processed foods and the people don’t have to slaughter their own animals for meat and oil," he said. "No one knew about Coke and Pepsi 20 years ago. Now it’s everywhere." …

Somehow we knew it was all America’s fault.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 29th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Study: Every Country In The World Has Gotten Fatter”

  1. canary says:

    John Kerry is telling college graduates famine in inevitable.

    Now it’s North Dakota’s turn directing wetlands into a huge lake that will take more farms away and put a cemetery under water which could meaning humane remains popping up.

    My town literally by force had a cemetery dug up and moved bodies elsewhere in town.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I eat birds I kill.


« Front Page | To Top
« | »