Look down. What do you see? Statistically, at least one out of every nine of you are going to be looking at clear evidence of obesity. Ladies, for you, it’s one out of every seven! And no, I’m not talking about ‘a couple of extra pounds’, I’m talking about obesity!  It gets worse… 1 in 40 of you men are morbidly obese and that sky rockets to 1 in 20 for you ladies!

There are now more obese people in the world than there are underweight people!

Do you rationalise your weight? It’s my hormones. It’s my genes – my parents were overweight too. Absolute rubbish except for one fact, obese parents raise obese kids. Not because of genes or hormones, but because of bad eating habits… too much of the wrong stuff, too often! Here’s the proof:

In 1975 the world housed 105 million obese people. Today, based on analysis of 1698 data sources covering 200 countries and almost 20 million people, that number stands at 641 million! For males, that’s an increase from 3.2% of the population to 10.8% and for women, from 6.4% to 14.9%.

During the same period, the percentage of global population classified as underweight fell by approximately one-third. In other words, the malnourished got healthier while the well nourished just got fatter!

Obesity is not pretty
Obesity is not pretty

If you’re overweight, with rare exception, it’s your fault! And it’s your responsibility to change things. Yes, I know this is going to piss a lot of people off! But why should people who care about their health face a future where they will pay an ever increasing share of their income to cover the health care costs of those who want to pretend that they don’t have a problem?

The extraordinary thing is that the solution is so damn simple! And cheap! Do you eat wholegrain rice or white rice? Fries or skin on whole potato. Biscuits and muffins or nuts and fruit? Packaged meals or fresh cooked foods? When was the last time you walked more than a couple of hundred metres?

Don’t talk to me about being time poor! I can cook an omelette with salad in the same time you can heat up something out of the freezer. And I’ve washed and dried the dishes and pans before you’ve even reached the car park of your favourite fast food restaurant! Oh, and BTW, my meal cost a damn sight less than yours!

I wrote Easy meals for healthy living a long time back. Have you read it?

You can change and you owe it to your children to do so. Why condemn them to a life of chronic illness? Why expect them to be your carer when you’re bed-ridden and miserable?

You might also want to read this post linking junk food to smaller brains!

It’s your diet and your lifestyle! It’s not the ‘guvmint’ or ‘the system’ or work pressures or an income issue. It’s a lack of will! Quality wholegrain bread costs exactly the same amount as high fructose, bleached, high GI white bread. There are simply no valid excuses.

The difference between morbid obesity and obesity is nothing more than time!
The difference between morbid obesity and obesity is nothing more than time!

What right do I have to judge others? Let’s be clear, I’m no saint but I am 66 years old, 187 centimetres tall (6’3″) and weight in around 80 kgs (177 lb). I’m active and in perfect health! I feed my kids good, wholesome, tasty food and they are whip-thin and brimming with energy. I live the walk, I don’t just talk about it.

Here’s the frightening summary of the report (published in The Lancet, one of the most respected journals anywhere):

If post-2000 trends continue, the probability of meeting the global obesity target is virtually zero. Rather, if these trends continue, by 2025, global obesity prevalence will reach 18% in men and surpass 21% in women; severe obesity will surpass 6% in men and 9% in women.

So, like everyone else, you’ve got a choice. Will it be more of the ‘same old, same old, same shit different day’ or are you going to step up and step out? If you don’t make a conscious decision right now, you’ve made the decision anyway!

Go ahead and hate me. Frankly, m’dear, I don’t give a damn!

Source:  The Lancet

  • Meg L

    This post is not relevant to this site. It is also BS

    • now4dw

      Hi Meg. You raise two separate things here – relevancy and accuracy:

      Relevance:
      The Ideas2Live4 logo states clearly that we are here “Changing the world, one idea at a time”. Health and lifestyle is an integral part of what we address. In fact, there are numerous posts on the topics.

      Accuracy:
      The post is statistically accurate. The facts are indisputable. The world’s population is getting fatter. Not bigger, fatter! I wrote the post because I am angry…

      I’m angry that I can’t buy age appropriate clothing for my sons. Even underpants fall off them unless I buy for a younger age. If I find jeans that fit their legs, the waist is anything up to 4 or even 6 inches too big. Why? Because kids’ clothes have been super-sized along with the crap that so many of them are fed!

      How have womens’ sizes mysteriously ‘shrunk’ two sizes in the past 30 years? What was a size 16 is now miraculously a size 12. Do the ‘new’ size 12 women look in the mirror and still see a size 16 body? Of course not, the label says size 12 so they must be size 12! Vanity over common sense and good health!

      At least mens’ clothing is still sold by waist, chest and neck sizes so it’s a lot harder to fool yourself.

      The epidemic is real and extensively documented. If you wish to object to a post because it is not relevant, I have no issue. But to suggest a post is ‘BS’ when it is demonstrably correct is totally unreasonable.

      • Meg L.

        Your approach to the problem “eat less” is simplistic. There ARE many reasons for weight gain, and failure to lose weight that have nothing to do with eating less. So yes, it’s BS. It’s OPINION. You can have an opinion, and so can I. My opinion is that your belittling, body shaming, unsolicited opinion is BS. Are you a dietary expert, a doctor, nutritional expert?

        That being said, I agree that people should eat less crap, more wholesome diets, and exercise on a regular basis. But I’m never going to get them to do so by bullying them or shoving my righteous opinion down their throat.

        • now4dw

          Meg, once again I respect your right to object, but at no stage have I suggested people should eat less. Yes, they should eat less processed foods which are typically high in sugars, salt, refined carbs and often, saturated fats. Yes, they need to read labels. Yes they need to think about what they are putting in their mouth and the mouths of their children. But the obesity epidemic has nothing to do with the volume of food people are consuming, it is the type/s of food.

          I have studied nutrition extensively, both at college and independently. But the article is not based on my studies or research. It is based on the analysis of vast amounts of data by people far better qualified than me.

          Finally, I agree that my post is written in a very provocative style. I did so deliberately in the hope of changing just one or two lives. I think you’ll agree that the ‘softly, softly, let’s not actually ask people to face reality‘ approach has failed miserably since obesity rates – and all the illnesses that result – are continuing to increase.

          • Meg L.

            My approach is urban sustainability, food forests and education. We raise chickens for eggs and meat, rabbits when we can, and no till gardening (Back to Eden approach. Food forests in backyards.)

            Yes it’s a mess out there and advertising sell all the wrong things. I don’t condone the eternal political correctness, but I don’t endorse a shotgun approach either. I just try to help out and educate where I can, knowing that whomever is ready to hear will listen.

          • now4dw

            Let’s accept that we’re both looking at the same problem, simply from a different perspective. I absolutely accept that shaming people is not a solution. But if my post helps just one person to change their lifestyle and that of their children, then I’m happy. If I had written a politically correct post, it would have no impact on anyone ?

  • now4dw

    Let’s accept that we’re both looking at the same problem, simply from a different perspective. I absolutely accept that shaming people is not a solution. But if my post helps just one person to change their lifestyle and that of their children, then I’m happy. If I had written a politically correct post, it would have no impact on anyone ?