Globesity

Yesterday in class a friend suggested this documentary, about Fat’s New Frontiers. And even though I know about the situation in India for example, I didn’t realize it was that bad in China and the other countries. They say that no country has been able to make the transition from undernourished to (yeah, what? I don’t know what to call it), without having an obesity epidemic first. And this goes deeper than self control – if someone has been starving, their bodies are programmed for times of scarcity (and kids, as we know, do as their caretakers do).

What really upset me was how it started, and ended. Perhaps this guy is suffering from a metabolic condition where he can’t help but gain weight. Perhaps he’s not. I believe he’s not; he was raised in a certain way, he had surgery before, he says himself “I started drinking and it made me eat”, and, the most preposterous part: it costs him $500!

I’m going to stop talking here because I get too fired up. It’s too early in the morning for that. Laterz

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One response to “Globesity

  1. That guy in the documentary had a stomach operation before, but didn’t change his patterns after so in the end, it was not very effective. The government sponsors his operation, because they think it’s going to save them money in the long run. Perhaps a reasonable decision, unless the guy will change his behaviors this time (assuming his weight is the result of bad dietary decisions, of course).

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