When it comes to gravity doing extra work, it is interesting to see how various parts of the planet carry a heavier load. Most of us point to the USA as the black sheep of the morbidly obese. But a closer look at the most obese countries reveals a different truth.
What are the most obese countries?
We looked at calculations by the World Health Organization considering BMI (Body Mass Index) scores. Do the research and you will find that USA are frightfully high on the list with over 70% obesity rates. Yet, if you look, you will notice third world countries in the south pacific such as Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Cook Islands are at the top of the list with obesity percentage rocketing from 78% of the population and all the way up to 94% in Nauru.
Eat now, think later
These soaring numbers in these countries are owed mainly to food scarcity. When lack of food is being answered by importing it from other countries, the price tags bear a sad inaccessibility for most people. Imported food is on the expensive side for the people who should be purchasing it. The often remote location becomes a goldmine target for fast food chains which strive to fill in the gaps. Unfortunately, they fill the market with cheap food of lower nutritional quality. This this is done as a strategy to fill demanding empty tummies while ignoring the growing health concern. The problem with the cheap food is that it comes with a cost of health and bad eating habits, a cost that makes a great number of people morbidly obese.
BMI and Body Composition
It is important to recognize that BMI scores and body composition are very different. Additionally, statistics have the power to paint a picture that is slightly shifted from reality. Having addressed that, you should remember that the context of these facts is very real. If you thought processed foods consumed on a regular basis are bad enough, imagine what it may do when eaten daily. The nutrient deficient fast food usually comes in the form of some fat combined with carbs. There is more than one concern when it comes to cheap, mass produced foods:
- The fast food companies often use highly processed, unwholesome and unhealthy fats and carbs.
- This classic combination also keeps insulin levels high for longer while rewarding the hormonal systems in the brain.
- In turn, this teaches the eater to come back for more and reducing the sensitivity of these neural rewards.
- It also educates us that we consume food to fill in a demand for energy. Of course this isn’t correct. The primary goal is to eat healthy and supply the needed nutrients for our body to function.
A change from greed to green
It is true that greed knows no satiation, it is the fattest, the quicksand of human characteristics. You might think that greed driven decision makers run he world. In reality, there is a shift in trend for the better. The value of human life and health as a qualities worth fighting for are being recognized, slowly but surely. The future might be brighter still. Some examples of this changes can be seen in the following ways:
- Better education about healthy food consumption is slowly taking the stage.
- New technologies are now emphasizing quality local produce of food grown in smart farms.
- This of course is relevant as this tech improves and becomes globally accessible.
This new tech is becoming more affordable, owing to discontented minds which had to first acknowledge the problem to be able to come up with a solution as well as crowd sourcing and voting with their greens for greens-for-everyone.
This serves as a reminder to us all that our frustration and discontent with some of the aspects of living in this world can make a change if we put our heads together. Don’t give up… Don’t let it go.
The focus on the most obese countries is justified but unfortunately, the morbidly obese, should be focusing on how to create a better lifestyle. They will get our full support within the system.