More Western Diet Woes

Last month the Associated Press reported that obesity is rapidly becoming the marquee problem threatening global health. The report cited Thailand as an example:
Thailand's Public Health Ministry, for instance, announced Sunday that nearly one in three Thais over age 35 is at risk of obesity-related diseases.


"We are not dealing with a scientific or medical problem. We're dealing with an enormous economic problem that, it is already accepted, is going to overwhelm every medical system in the world," said Dr. Philip James, the British chairman of the International Obesity Task Force.
So here we are close to a month later and now the AFP is reporting another nation is joining the battle of the bulge. The number of obese people in Malaysia has doubled over the past ten years. Researchers attribute the earmarks of the Western diet to the increase:
The doctors, who said it was the first formal study to show obesity was rising in Malaysia, attributed the change to sedentary lifestyles, overeating and a fondness for fast food and carbonated drinks.
The report points out that Malaysian officials are concerned this lifestyle shift will usher in the woes of Western living; i.e. heart disease, cancer and diabetes.


This phenomenon has happened before. In his book Eat to Live Dr. Fuhrman talks about the people  of Crete. And how their “healthy” Mediterranean diet was pushed aside.
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