According to The Sun, 2 Billion people across the world are obese!
Can you imagine, 2 BILLION? It is hard to believe.
I was obese already sometime in the late 1960s. I don’t remember exactly when, but it had already happened by the time that I was in my early years of elementary school. I was born in 1962, and I certainly was obese sometime in the 60s, so I can be sure that I was 8 years old or less when I became obese.
I left the USA and moved to the Philippines at the age of 38. I was most certainly morbidly obese at that time. I weighed 430 pounds at the time I moved to the Philippines.
I remember the first time I came to the Philippines. You could look all around most any City or Town in the Philippines then, in 1990, and you would rarely see a person who even had 5 pounds of extra body fat. Another thing that you really did not see much of were American restaurants of any kind. Now, these days, you have the #1 fast food restaurant in the country which is a copy of a US fast food place. You have McDonald’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Shakey’s Pizza, TGI Fridays, Bon Chon Chicken, KFC, oh my, those are just off the top of my head, there must be many more that I can’t think of in an instant. You know what? In addition to all of those American fast food places, you have just as many, probably more Filipino fast food places that are just basically copying what is popular in America.
As I said previously, the first time I came to the Philippines, in 1990, 27 years ago, it was rare to see a person that was even 5 pounds overweight. I did see one obese person while I was visiting here. I was here for 4 weeks, out and about every day, and saw only a single obese person in that time! Isn’t that amazing? Now, 27 years later, things are much different. I would say it is rare now to see a super thin person. There are lots of thin people, but the majority of the people are heavy, or fat. Not obese, but overweight. There are plenty of obese people here now. That includes me, so I am not criticizing them. I am working my way down, though, and I hope that by the end of 2017 I won’t be obese anymore! I think it is very possible that will be the case.
But, think about this, in Asia, some 20 or 30 years ago, almost everybody was thin. Over those years we had an invasion of American food here. We had all of the fast food. All of the carbs. What are the most popular foods in the Philippines? Well, for the most part, it is not the Asian cuisines that you would expect. It is things like Rice (of course it is #1), Spaghetti (no special occasion goes by without Spaghetti), Bread (most Filipinos eat nothing but bread for breakfast), Fried Chicken (another one at the top of the heap, and the Fried chicken here has super heavy and thick layers of breading). We are talking very unhealthy stuff, and just looking at the people walking down the street, you can tell that big changes, not positive changes, have taken place here in the past quarter-century.
So, if Asia is getting fat, can you imagine how that 2 Billion number will explode in the next quarter-century? I can assure you, I think that it could possibly go up 50% or even 100% in that span of time.
Honestly, the thin places in the world have been Asia and Africa during our lifetimes. I wonder what it is like in Africa. My imagination says that it is still a relatively thin society, even with malnourished people, but I don’t know. Maybe a reader can leave a comment if they know what weight trends are in Africa.
When I lived in the States, right up until the late 90s, not that long ago in relative terms, I was unusual. I was the obese guy. Not many others came anywhere near my weight. But, sometimes I see things like newscasts from the USA, and when they show shots of people on the streets and such, it would seem that obesity is more the norm than being the unusual thing now. It is very sad.
I am glad that I am turning around my health, my hope is that the entire world will change, though, and become thinner instead of fatter. And, can you imagine the number of people suffering from weight-related sicknesses like diabetes and other diseases? Out of 2 Billion, the number is going to be high, and will continue to increase!