How To Create an Obesity Epidemic in Hungry Countries

You do just like we did……… lower the threshold, and KAZAM instant epidemic of obesity in a country where “Two million Indian children die a year — 6,000 every day — from hunger and malnutrition.”

I thought it was disgusting when they did that here, but in India? Thanks to Sandy over at Junkfood Science for posting this and my apologies because I am going to use more than two paragraphs, I have to.

This is how you do it

How do you create an obesity epidemic in a country with nearly the lowest percentage of “obese” people in the world?

You begin by changing the definition.

On Tuesday, Health Ministry officials in India released the country’s first Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome. It begins by making significant departures from World Health Organization definitions for overweight and obesity. According to new cutoffs enacted by Indian health officials, anyone with a body mass index of 23 kg/m2 is now labeled as overweight. And a BMI of 25 and over is now defined as obese — considerably more stringent than the international cut-off of a BMI 30.

[As you may remember, overweight used to be defined as a BMI of 27 before the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute changed the definition to 25 to match new international guidelines in 1998.]

As the Daily News & Analysis in Mumbai (Bombay) reported , men with waistlines of 35 inches or more and women with waistlines of 31.5 inches or more are now considered obese by the new norm. These, too, are well below the WHO cut-offs of 40.2 and 34.6 inches, respectively.

Not only have the definitions dramatically changed, but according to the new guidelines, any Indian with a BMI of 25 is now “a fit case for drug therapy to control obesity” and those at a BMI of 32.5 are to have bariatric surgery.

© 2008 Sandy Szwarc

Read the FULL STORY here.

Your people are starving, 6,000 children die every day from starvation, so it begs the question of why these doctors want to create an obesity epidemic. The Indian people may be more prone to diabetes, but it obviously is NOT because they are obese. But typical of todays medical professionals, they can’t be bothered finding out the real causes and preventions, instead we’ll just follow everyone else and declare the population obese. Just ignore those skeletal, malnourished bodies lying all over the place.

Personally I think the fact that Indian people are more prone to diabetes proves that diabetes is NOT a lifestyle disease, but obviously an genetic one for the most part. Lifestyle can contribute to any disease, that makes sense, but to claim that any disease is strictly caused by lifestyle choices is beyond ignorant and I’m not even a doctor.

According to the report in the Daily News and Analysis (Mumbai):

Vineeta Pandey / DNA
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 01:22 IST

Lose some extra kilos and a few more centimetres from the waist to be healthy now. Because experts have just lowered the benchmark to measure obesity as Indians are more prone to lifestyle diseases like diabetes.

So, Indian men should keep their waist size below 90cm (35 inches) and women below 80cm (31.5 inches). Anything more will mean they are obese, according to the new norms endorsed by the Union health ministry.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) waist size cut-off for abdominal obesity is 102cm (40.2 inches) for men and 88cm (34.6 inches) for women.

Breaking away from the WHO standards, experts have also lowered the body-mass index (BMI) cut-off for Indians. BMI is the ratio of weight in kilograms to height in metres squared. The new norms say a person with a BMI of 23 will be considered overweight while one with a BMI of 25 will be obese. The WHO standards call a person with a BMI of more than 25 overweight and anyone with a BMI above 30 obese.

Also, according to the new norms, an Indian with a BMI of more than 25 is a fit case for drug therapy to control obesity while those with a BMI of 32.5 or more can go in for bariatric (stomach-stapling) surgery.

The WHO had recently asked all countries to formulate their own standards based on their genetic, social, and economic requirements.

Read the FULL STORY here.

I wonder if they considered the fact that all those large stomachs might just be a sign of malnutrition and not fat.

The fact that they claim anyone with a BMI over 25 is going to be recommended for drug therapy makes me wonder how much big pharma is paying them. I know, that’s not nice to say but it seems to me these days that drugging the population is the goal.

I’m also beginning to wonder what good the WHO is since they seem to be more interested in life control and drugs than in preventing the starvation of 6,000 children every day in India.


~ by swfreedomlover on December 10, 2008.

3 Responses to “How To Create an Obesity Epidemic in Hungry Countries”

  1. Oh, wow. That is spectacularly awful! India’s economy boomed in recent years (now it’s slowing like everyone else’s), and there is some rich Indian food if you can get it, but *still*! That goes against all common sense!

    On a related note, have you seen the Burger King “burger virgin” commercials? They go to two or three isolated places where people have literally never seen a burger and get them to compare a Whopper and a Big Mac. Tasteless, but I almost defended them when I saw a nutritionist on TV news fretting that these poor, starving people were being introduced to high-fat meat by evil Westerners. Guess what? The poor, isolated tribespeople, some of whom looked downright chubby and wore lovely clothes, traditionally eat reindeer, sheep, goats, fatty fish….

    Here’s a radical idea–how about *asking* people what they need and helping them get it in a way that preserves their dignity?

    • I know. It was pathetic when they did that here in the USA; I find it criminal to do it there in a country where so many die every single day from lack of food.

      I haven’t seen the BK ad as I usually take commercial breaks as my time to run out for a quick smoke…..LOL

      Your radical idea could get you thrown in prison you know………..LOL Expecting the “experts” to actually think logically and use common sense has me wondering about your mental state………….ROFLMAO

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