October 16, 2012

Overweight people are now a global problem


It seems like the trend is when more and more people are going from poor to rich, you can find some side effects, and one of these side effects is that these newly rich are eating more than they should. Fat is now considered to be the new tobacco, and the problem with it is covered in the documentary Globesity - Fat's New Frontier. Here are some interesting facts from the documentary:
  • In Mexico, Coca Cola is often consumed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • China has not only a pork reserve, but a sugar reserve. The Chinese are now so addicted to sugar that the government is scared that there will be political unrest if the price of sugar goes up.
  • More than 50 percent of the adults in Brazil are overweight, and that figure is rising with 1 percentage point per year. Nestle deliver unhealthy products to smaller villages with a special boat. The boat is almost like a mini supermarket.

Now let's look at some related graphs:

Sugar:
Price of sugar 1983-2013. Source: Index Mundi

Coca Cola:

17 comments:

  1. "I believe that the solution to this problem is exercise"

    How about ... i don't know ... eating less?

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  2. What happens when people are too busy to exercise? Often the problem is people with not a lot of money have to make the tradeoff to eat not as good for them food in the interest of speed. The kind of person that has 2 or 3 jobs and doesn't have the time for exercise or good food. What then?

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  3. The solution is abstinence, eating less. Excercise has marginal effect on weight loss, put the pie down.

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  4. The solution to the problem is cutting out simple carbs as well as plenty of exercise. It's those blood sugar spikes which really mess things up. Put someone on a high protein + fat + high intensity cardio regime and they are guaranteed to lose weight without having to starve. Nonetheless, I argue that sugar is a more important root cause than a lack of exercise when it comes to obesity.

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    1. Forgot to add - supplementing with L-Glutamine kills sugar cravings.

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  5. Yeah, congratulations. You ride a bike and are not overweight, that's really a brilliant solution. I'm shocked nobody thought about that before.

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    1. You dont get it! The point is that you are supposed to test different methods of exercise until you find what you like

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  6. I work as a programmer, I spend most of my days sitting in front of a computer typing on a keyboard. I absolutely never exercise, never watch what I eat and whatnot yet am still quite healthy. To me, exercise has very little effect on your overall weight and health.

    Your own mind will have a much bigger impact on how your body evolves over time. Bill Hicks brilliantly said we are the imagination of ourselves and I believe that to be true. I'm convinced this whole thing is just a big placebo effect.

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    1. Your definition of healthy comes from the facts that you, as you describe, don't do anything else then programming, eating junk.

      Plus it's not clear what that "quite" means. There are things that people with bad habits dismiss as negligible, while they're not negligible at all, classic example behind back pains for fat people.

      If you had ever been an athlete, or spent time with them, you would have a different view of what "healthy" means.

      In addition to that, assuming you're "healthy", that doesn't mean that habits like yours are not damaging on large scale.

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    2. don't you know sitting is shaving years off your life?

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    3. My point wasn't that my lifestyle isn't damaging in the long term. My point was that the mind has a much bigger impact on the body than any exercise or eating habits.

      I know people who work out many times a week, watch everything they eat yet have all sorts of health issues. To me, it's this worrying about your health that makes you sick/fat/unhealthy, hence the placebo effect.

      The saying healthy mind in a healthy body pretty much says it all. Most people don't watch the health of their minds, yet everyone talks about diets and exercises that are quite meaningless without the proper mindset and belief systems. Heck, even science proves it: the reproduction of your cells isn't as effective when you're stressed or worried.

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  7. A great form of exercise is listening to a book on your iPod while walking. Download a book from audible.com, and catch up on fiction, humour, history, business, etc. while improving your health.

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  8. If you drink 6 Cokes a day, you will absolutely get fat.

    Fixing obesity is simple. Eat only meat and vegetables and drink water (roughly ketogenic / Paleo diet). Exercise is optional, but it certainly helps.


    Robert Lustig: Sugar: The Bitter Truth
    http://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM

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  9. The main issue is that the food supply is full of corporate products that emphasize profit over healthy eating. There are more studies regarding GMO (genetically modified organism) that show these types of food being extremely unhealthy.

    Eating meat, specifically, cows, that have been fed GMO corn results in meat that is not full of nutrients like grass fed cattle. This causes issues within the human system.

    We can compare this time in the food industry as the time in the cigarette industry. Where corporate interests have clouded the information landscape and we think 'regular' and 'fast food' are okay for the human body. It will change when people start dying earlier than healthy eaters. Wait, that is already happening.

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  10. The solution is neither "exercise" nor "eat less". Wrong kind of exercise (only aerobic, for instance) and wrong kind of food (nutrition poor, calorie dense) and too little sleep will only make the situation worse in the long run.

    Fixing obesity is far from simple. Getting rid of sugar addiction is one of first steps and a ketogenic/paleo-ish diet is a great start. In the long run it will not fix obesity. How to make eating fewer calories (but more vegetables), exercising and sleeping more a sustainable lifestyle for you is the holy grail. Your mileage WILL vary, so there is no right solution for everyone.

    With 15 years of experimenting, I've finally become one of those annoying people who get anxious when they're forced to skip their exercise and can inadvertantly skip meals because they don't really get hungry when there's more important things in their minds. And I used to be HUGE! I never imagined I'd live to see this day.

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  11. The solution isn't exercise, its not practical to exercise off an unhealthy diet every day. Eat clean, green, healthy foods.. avoid the sugar, and the weight will disappear even with very little exercise.

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