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KC

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#1 12 years ago

It's not just the US anymore...

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - An obesity pandemic threatens to overwhelm health systems worldwide with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, experts at an international conference warned Sunday.

"This insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity is now engulfing the entire world," Paul Zimmet, chairman of the meeting of more than 2,500 experts and health officials, said in a speech opening the weeklong International Congress on Obesity. "It's as big a threat as global warming and bird flu."

The World Health Organization says more than 1 billion adults are overweight and 300 million of them are obese, putting them at much higher risk of diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.

Zimmet, a diabetes expert at Monash University in Australia, said there are now more overweight people in the world than undernourished people, who number about 600 million.

People in wealthy countries lead in overeating and not doing enough physical activity, but those in poorer nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America are quickly learning bad habits, experts said.

Kate Steinbeck, an expert in children's health at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, said the children in this generation might be the first in history to die before their parents because of health problems related to weight.

Dr. Philip James, the British chairman of the International Obesity Task Force, said the cost of treating obesity-related health problems is immeasurable on a global scale, but the group estimated it at billions of dollars a year in countries such as Australia, Britain and the United States.

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marvinmatthew

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#2 12 years ago

It would be nice if you were to give your own input, and not just say 'Discuss!'

It's been in the news quite a lot lately, obesity problems that aren't just in the US. I find it to be pretty depressing, and not all that interesting.




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#3 12 years ago

marvinmatthewIt would be nice if you were to give your own input, and not just say 'Discuss!'

I was going to wait, but i suppose you have a point, not much of an argument here :P

It's pretty sad if you ask me...we're squandering our food supply on the people who need it the least, while others starve, and now our health bills will be squandered as well.

I can't stand obesity...




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#4 12 years ago

I think there are two cases of obesity: one is genetic, the other is food related. I understand the genetic ones since, well, there' s nothing they can really do, yes, they may loose a few kilos but never get really thin. The others usually don' t want to loose weight. Yes, they say they do, they say they tried but then they give up. You know what? Be fat then. During my depression I put up a few kilos but now that I have an house where to stay again and my depression is gone I told myself to loose some weight and in 3 months I lost 20+ Kg so don' t tell me it' s really impossible. These choose to be fat, it' s theyr choice, so, unless they are genetic obese, they don' t have the right to whine about it...




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#5 12 years ago

Most of the food related problems can be linked to the general crappiness of modern food. Processing the hell out of something doesn't do it any favours. Growing chickens with three wings that will live in a cage smaller than my screen and will never see the light of day, and then feeding it hormones for it's short, brutal life is not a good chicken to be eating. Yet for most of us, there's no way to tell if the thing in the supermarket was a healthy, normal chicken or not. Eating meat from a cow that spent its life ankle deep in its own shit and has been fed hormones and bits of other animals is not a good cow to be eating. Wrap it all up with excess fat and other nasties our bodies can't handle, and wonder why people are getting fat!




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#6 12 years ago
FederikerI think there are two cases of obesity: one is genetic, the other is food related. I understand the genetic ones since, well, there' s nothing they can really do, yes, they may loose a few kilos but never get really thin. The others usually don' t want to loose weight. Yes, they say they do, they say they tried but then they give up. You know what? Be fat then. During my depression I put up a few kilos but now that I have an house where to stay again and my depression is gone I told myself to loose some weight and in 3 months I lost 20+ Kg so don' t tell me it' s really impossible. These choose to be fat, it' s theyr choice, so, unless they are genetic obese, they don' t have the right to whine about it...

All obesity is food-related. Even if you are genetically predisposed to hold on to more flab than most people, the only way it will develop is if you eat more than you use. Simple as. Your body simply can't sustain such increases of weight without doing so, regardless of your genes.




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#7 12 years ago

Well we need something to thin the population. This is another good way to do so. Only the people who want to die will do it, and the rest will go on about their normal lives.

Food is not the problem. I can eat 10,000 calories a day and still be thin if I am in a labor intensive job like logging(1860's tools and methods). In the 50's and 60's few people were fat, but the food they ate daily was high in fat. They got outside, ran, played, and did other physical activies.

I got few extra pounds on me. If I get around a move and eat a little less, I should have no problem loosing the weight.




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#8 12 years ago

Since obesity occurs in most in the lower classes of America - I think the problem has less to do with overeating, but the consumption of high fat foods. Even eating a little of that, and not getting proper exercise will make you overweight.




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#9 12 years ago

Machiavelli's ApprenticeSince obesity occurs in most in the lower classes of America - I think the problem has less to do with overeating, but the consumption of high fat foods. Even eating a little of that, and not getting proper exercise will make you overweight.[/QUOTE]

Indeed. Until Happy Meals are a little more expensive, people are going to keep laughing all the way to the emergency room. If only McDonalds could at least pretend that it served food...

[quote=Pethegreat]Well we need something to thin the population.

No, we don't.

Food is not the problem.

In today's world, yes it is. You get fast food fast and cheap, you work long hours in an office doing nothing but staring at a computer screen, and then you go to bed. Many people don't have the time to work out, or the money to eat healthy food. And in an advanced economy, labour intensive jobs are few and far between compared to work in tertiary industries.




Joe Bonham

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#10 12 years ago
Indeed. Until Happy Meals are a little more expensive, people are going to keep laughing all the way to the emergency room. If only McDonalds could at least pretend that it served food...

But in the end its your choice. That's why I think its moronic that our courts are so full of people complaining about bad things that were caused by their own poor choices. But not surprising though.