Experts urge action on global obesity 'pandemic'

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    Farmboy

    and it is of huge dimensions…

    Tee-hee

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    SimondB

    Western first world problem. Lard arses eating fat producing food and no exercise.

    When I see a fat Japanese person, particulary a female, I notice it.

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    Cos

    When I see a fat Japanese person, particulary a female, I notice it.

    You seem blind if you don't notice the problem has been in Japan for a while with 40% of Japanese men sporting a beer bara. And the Chinese now. Of course, that's not as bad as the Americans. Only the Samoans beat them with everybody overweight. Let's wait that the others get there too ?

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    edbardoe

    How about some Ethiopian jokes. Hand wringing about a non-problem, as an excuse for more meetings in nice resorts by government parasites. How was the skiing at Davos?

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    ThonTaddeo

    The Nike prepresentative is way off base. "Urbanization" is a problem? No, it's sub-urbanization. In the big cities, where everyone walks all the time, you see a smaller proportion of obese people compared to in the suburbs where everyone drives a car even for short distances. True urbanization, in which one's daily errands at the post office, supermarket, convenience store, dry cleaner, etc. were met by walking there because they're all in the neighborhood, would result in a population of fit and healthy people.

    Oh, wait, in the cities people get their exercise naturally through daily living and might not be in the market for a pair of your running shoes. Maybe you thought we readers would miss that part.

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    Frances Riske

    As poverty levels increase worldwide, people will eat more carbohydrates than they do proteins. Protein is far more expensive. Fast food is, for the most part, cheap food. It is higher in carbs and fats.

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    BertieWooster

    Since the source of this obesity is mostly fast foods and high calorie sodas, why not tax them heavily?

    Alcohol is taxed, so are cigarettes.

    So, why not tax McD, KFC, MOS, etc.

    Their products are no more food than alcohol and ciggies.

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    San_Diegan

    Obesity is the #1 cause of premature death in America, far above all other causes, including gun related and drunk driving combined. So, I guess one can say more people are killed by a Big Mac than a Mac-10.

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    BertieWooster

    San_Diegan-san,

    So, why do they eat that muck?

    Reconstituted lumps of unmentionable animal parts, dripping in trans fats and chemical "flavouring."

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    PeaceWarrior

    If they tried to spend more time fasted than fed, and were more active during the fasted periods, people would find out quickly that there is no obesity problem, just an over abundance problem. Stop eating all the time, people.

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    Reckless

    the lady in the picture above is not obese, definitely within my target range.

    I knew a largish woman in college who was not appreciated by the guys in the states, voila she went to Latin America and stampedes of men looking like Antonio Banderas were after her... Ladies there is hope.

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    San_Diegan

    BertieWooster, good question.

    Why do people stuff their faces when they know it harming them, just like an alcoholic keeps drinking when he knows it is killing him? Maybe some obese people could weigh in on this topic. I am curious too. I do agree, it is PANDEMIC!! Especially, in the developed countries. And it has increased expotentially in the last decade. I see fat parents with fat kids. So sad.

    When I went to boot camp at MCRD San Diego back in the 70s out of a platoon of 75 recruits only one of us couldn't climb the rope in the first week of training. At the end of the second week, he was able to climb the rope. When I went back as a Drill Instructor twelve years later and received my first platoon of 75 recruits a flabbergasting twentyfive of them couldn't climb the rope. Being the curious individual I am, I asked a number of them what they liked to do for fun. All of them replied, "Video Games." That was back in the 80s. I wonder what it is like now.

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    psychopathsareincontrol

    BertieWoosterJan. 29, 2013 - 11:57AM JST Since the source of this obesity is mostly fast foods and high calorie sodas, why not tax them heavily?

    Well.... considering that taxing booze and smokes does nothing to deter anyone i image that no one would be deterred from obesity by taxing food. Would just make some mega-corps and some gubmint departments richer.

    "With our food more and more unhealthy and our lives increasingly sedentary, answers are needed" I think i see your answers contained within this very sentence

    Break the addiction and stop eating sugar and being so lazy But then i don't care if someone is stupid enough to litres of cola each day

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    BertieWooster

    psychopathsareincontrol,

    taxing booze and smokes does nothing to deter anyone

    I wouldn't say that.

    None of my friends smoke. The expense was a large factor.

    I think if a big mac cost 2,500 yen, people might think about it. And the tax money could go to public hospitals.

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    genjuro

    I used to think that Japan would be immune to this but apparently not, though not as severe as in Western nations. There must be a correlation between the increase of Western fast-food chains with the increase of waistlines in non-Western countries. Wonder if there's a study done already somewhere.

    On a lighter note, Weird Al' Yankovic is a seer. Decades ago he foresaw this. http://youtu.be/l4GlesCQpfA

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    BertieWooster

    San_Diegan-san,

    I do agree, it is PANDEMIC!! Especially, in the developed countries. And it has increased expotentially in the last decade.

    Increased expotentially, eh?

    Gosh!

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    Cos

    Since the source of this obesity is mostly fast foods and high calorie sodas

    It's not the case. It's a wider range of products. If prices get higher, a part of population has not access (no longer access) to other food, They would suddenly become unable to buy enough,and they'd die sooner than when they over-eat. You will tell me that you can eat healthy on less than 10 000 yen a month. Surely, if you know what to buy like cheap season food, beans to replace expensive meat, how to make stuff from scratch, how to cook the fish heads and veggie peels. But look at the family that can't cook, now they buy the cheapest shokupan, cheapest frozen pizza, sauces and curry that are ready or premixed, industrial reconstituted ham, meat patties that contains 30% of meat at best, instant noodles, surimi fish, margarine, cheese made with cellulose, cheaper jam. fruit juices and desserts sweetened by corn syrup, even when they get veggies, they are prepared with additives. Double the price of all that, do you think they will replace the 100 yen burger by a 800 yen steak ? the 100 yen kamaboko by 600 yen of good fish, the 150 yen industrial bread by 1000 yen of sourdough grain bread ? the kraft slices by raw goat milk cheese at 1000 yen per 100 g ? Clearly, they can't afford it. They would have to learn how to change all their menus, cook from scratch like their obachan did. But they don't know how to do it.

    “It is a very complex problem,” he said. “Yes, we are attacked, but that comes a bit from a society that wants to blame.” He said Nestle supported “meaningful labelling” of its products and that governments had an obligation to increase nutritional education.

    This guy is totally dishonest. Businesses like Nestle make their fortune with hyper-processed food sold at "low price" but of extremely low value. If people stop eating crap, they stop buying Nestle, just like if they stop smoking they stop buying Marlboro. Imagine if people went back to buying plain milk, plain unsweetened cocoa, plain sugar... and mix themselves instead of choosing among 50 flavors and formats of chocolate milk, instant, in cans, in bottle, low sugar, with false sugar, low fat, dairy free, chocolate free, strawberry flavored, etc. Well if like 50 years ago, people would mix their chocolate with water/milk as they like and find it's ok without sugar, or just half a spoon. Nestle would be unable to sell 90% of their products, and on the 10% left, their margins are low. That's their worst nightmare.

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    cleo

    Why do people stuff their faces when they know it harming them

    The thing with the fast/junk food is that people don't need to 'stuff their faces' to get fat. The muck not only contains more calories than most people realise, it's unsatisfying (because it's not really food) so that even after eating the body still craves more. Add in all the hidden sugar that causes blood-sugar highs followed by blood-sugar lows that stimulate the appetite, and the addictiveness of corn syrup which seems to be in almost everything fast/instant/ready-made, and you've got yourself a self-perpetuating vicious circle that is difficult to get out of, especially if you know little about nutrition (and surely no one who knows even a little about nutrition lives on a diet of fast food and sugar-water drinks).

    You will tell me that you can eat healthy on less than 10 000 yen a month. Surely, if you know what to buy like cheap season food, beans to replace expensive meat, how to make stuff from scratch, how to cook the fish heads and veggie peels

    I buy cheap seasonal food, lots of beans no meat, cook from scratch and eat my veggies with the peel attached. (The cat gets the fish heads... and the rest of the fish). But I couldn't do it on 10,000 yen a month per person. At least double that, more if you add in a few treats.

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    San_Diegan

    Aaaahhh Cleo~

    So it is addicting!? Those sneaky B*&%. Just like the tobacco industry. Now, if the Governments really cared about our health, they'd outlaw it all. Of course, there would be the black market, and Social Security would go broke faster do to everyone living longer.

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