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Diabetes Disaster in China

Diabetes

A new study shows that 11.6 percent of Chinese adults have diabetes.

“Diabetes in China has become a catastrophe,” said Paul Zimmet, honorary president of the International Diabetes Federation […] “The booming economy in China has brought with it a medical problem which could bankrupt the health system. The big question is the capacity in China to deal with a health problem of such magnitude.”

Bloomberg: China ‘Catastrophe’ Hits 114 Million as Diabetes Spreads

China is already worse off than the US where diabetes prevalence is about 11.3 percent. But it’s just the beginning. This is happening fast as China is modernizing and Chinese people are getting access to unlimited amounts of Western junk food, including sugar and rapidly digested starches.

Chinese people are getting diabetes at much lower weight than Western people. And the study shows more ominous statistics: In addition to the 11.6 percent with diabetes, another 50.1 percent has pre-diabetes.

Among young Chinese adults aged 18-29 about 40 percent has pre-diabetes and are on the verge of getting the disease. Thus one in four young Chinese adults risk a future of diabetes complications like early heart disease, blindness, dialysis and amputations.

This is not a problem for the health system. There’s no antidote to unlimited amounts of the poison causing this epidemic. The problem that needs to be fixed is in the food supply.

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Toxic Sugar: Fantastic Video on the Obesity Epidemic!

Is sugar toxic and the cause of the obesity epidemic? Here’s a great new video called Toxic Sugar. It’s a recent segment from the major Australian science program Catalyst, on ABC.

It’s arguably the best 18-minute introduction ever made on the true causes of the obesity epidemic. The program features the #1 enemy of the sugar industry: professor Robert Lustig. Also appearing: science writer Gary Taubes and obesity expert professor Michael Crowley.

See it and then tell your friends. This needs to be seen by a lot of people.

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Coca Cola-Loving Mexico Now Most Obese Nation on Earth

Mexico

According to new statistics Mexico is now the most obese major nation on the planet. A few minor island-nations are even worse off, but among bigger countries Mexico now takes the title from the USA.

CBS: Mexico takes title of “most obese” from America

So why did Mexicans get this obese? Perhaps by eating too much junk food (full of processed carbs) and drinking too much soda?

Mexicans drink more Coca Cola than any other nationality, 225 litres (60 gallons) per person per year! Coca Cola is said to be “an essential part of the Mexican people’s diet and can be found even where there is no drinking water” (source).

But surely using Coca Cola instead of drinking water couldn’t possibly have made all these Mexicans obese? After all, Coca Cola is part of the solution to the obesity epidemic. Their commercials say so all the time and they even educate dietitians about it.

No, the problem has to be something else.

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The Perfect Crime

Sometimes, marketing enables a pickpocket to steal a wallet–and be thanked for it…

Last year, just one of the big fast food companies made more than $1,300,000,000 in profit (billion with a ‘b’). They’ve also paid their CEO nearly $200 million in salary in the last five years. Sometimes, a big profit is the sign that you’re doing something right, creating real value for people able to pay. Sometimes, though, it means you’re exploiting a weakness in the system.

Seth Godin’s blog: The perfect crime

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Obesity is Like Drowning

Flooding

This is a great post by David Katz, MD. He says that obesity is “much more like drowning than a disease”:

Huffington Post: Obesity as a Disease: Why I Vote No

My only problem with his view is the obvious one. He blames surplus calories, but that’s not a problem unless we want to eat too much. Unless our appetite regulation does not work.

Get rid of all refined sugar and starch and most obese people can eat all they want and still lose excess weight. It’s been demonstrated in study after study. The trick? They no longer want to eat too much.

The problem is that our entire food supply is full of sugar and starch – it’s hard to find a processed food item without it – and it’s making us too hungry. Unless we cook our own meals from real food ingredients it’s getting harder and harder to avoid it.

It’s like a giant flood, everywhere. No wonder people are drowning.

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Coca Cola Blames Chairs, Assumes You are Stupid

Did you think drinking sugar all day was bad for your weight? Silly you. The obesity epidemic is caused by chairs. Yes, really. At least that’s what Coca Cola wants you to believe.

Of course, chairs have been around for a long time. People even used chairs before the 1980’s – when the modern obesity epidemic began. But The Coca-Cola Company assumes that you don’t know that. They assume that you are stupid.

What do you think about their ad campaign?

PS

As an added irony they even sell Coca-Cola chairs (as pointed out by Yoni Freedhoff).

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The Darkest Secrets of the Food Industry

Do you want to know the darkest secrets of the food industry? Read the great new book Salt Sugar Fat, like I’m doing right now.

The author, Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Moss, was just on the Daily Show. Watch it above.

A short comment on the book: While it’s mostly great it’s also partly stuck in the failed dogma of yesterday. Natural saturated fat is still a villain. The main solution? FRUITANDVEGETABLES. Yawn. But if you ignore that the book is absolutely fascinating. Mostly for the insights we get into the minds of the people running the processed food industry.

Highly recommended: Salt Sugar Fat – How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

More: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

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