The Fat of The Land: Two Billion Obese Worldwide!

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I have a friend from India who once told me that almost everyone he knows (in India) wants to immigrate to the United States. Being a polite person, I did not assume and I asked him why. The answer flabbergasted me, as he said: in the United States, even the poor and homeless are fat.

The thing is, in the West, we are taking food for granted. I mean, food is almost like air, as it’s abundant and dirt cheap. But prosperity and technological achievements make us to pay dearly: according to a very recent scientific study, 2 billion people all across the world are obese and 1 in 4 or 25% are fighting fat related diseases.

Obviously, most of those 25% live in the West. The thing is, in the year of the Lord 2017,more than a quarter of Earth’s population is facing health problems due to the obesity epidemic, while at least 4 million died in 2015 as a result of being too “heavy”: heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions, which are all fat-related.

The majority of the 2.2 billion people who are obese are ill as a consequence to their being overweight. Say what you want, but back in the day, before snowflakes and political correctness, body shaming really worked. Now, 25% of adults in the UK are obese, whilst levels of obesity nearly doubled in over 70 countries in the last three decades. The US boasts a sad record, having the highest numbers of childhood obesity, 13% respectively, compared to UK’s 8%. When it comes to adults, Egypt snatches first place, with 35% of its adult population being way too fat for their own good.

Here is a fun fact: If you take in fewer calories than you burn – you lose weight. Also, treating obesity as a handicap and providing fat people with free stuff like EBT cards and electric carts (they don’t even walk anymore!) doesn’t really help to solve the problem.