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:

Price of sugar 1983-2013. Source: Index Mundi

Coca Cola: