Friday, April 4, 2008

And You Think We're Fat?

For quite a few years now, there's been talk here and there about how many of us here in the U.S. are overweight, if not obese. We love our fatty fast foods, and picking them up at the drive through in our cars. So we're not walking, exercising, we're eating crap food, and we have a weight epidemic. But there's one country that's not far behind, and may even surpass us as the most obese nation, and that's our neighbor to the north, Mexico.

Due to the influx of processed food that's entered the country and its supermarkets, 71 percent of Mexican males are overweight, with 66 percent of females. In addition, diabetes is now Mexico's leading cause of death.

What I noticed in this article, is that around 20 years ago, the rate of overweight Mexican adults was less than 10 percent. So it's increased by 6 or 7 times in 2 decades. Of course, the purveyors of fast food and "liquid candy", like McDonald's, KFC, and Pepsi, play a huge part in this. But I also feel a monumental shift has occured, not just in Mexico, but in the U.S. and possibly other parts of the world as well. In that 20 years ago, in Mexico, the experts were concerned with hunger. Poverty and hunger went hand-in-hand in those days, and it no doubt still does in some cases. However, you can go to any poor neighborhood in the United States, be it in Mississippi, California or New York, and see people who are significantly overweight, or even obese.

Because it's become easy for people to get their hands on this shit, this garbage. It's pre-made, processed, and it's cheap. Look at the prices of more healthier fare, vegetables and organic food. Are these kinds of stores even in poor neighborhoods? Forgive me, I'm not an expert on this subject by any stretch, I just find it interesting that I see plenty of fat people, be they rich or poor. The only bone-thin people I see are the ones who want it that way, like teenaged girls and celebs.

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