For the first time in human history, more people are obese than hungry. It's a fact that has wide implications from the 7-Elevens of Southeast Asia to the debt-stricken countries of Europe and everywhere else in between. GlobalPost investigates a fat, fat planet.
ROME — The stalls laden with fruit and vegetables in Rome's Campo de' Fiori market are a splash of color that signals the delights of the Italian diet. There are trays of Trentino apples, glistening citrus from Campania and jungle-hued varieties of salad leaves grown in market gardens around the capital. Concern is growing, however, that the economic crisis gripping Europe may be changing those shopping and eating habits.
LIMA — “The hardest nut to crack is weight,” says Gabriela Aro, who heads a groundbreaking school meals program based on traditional indigenous ingredients in the Bolivian capital, La Paz. The program targets nutritional problems among 153,000 needy youngsters in 411 public kindergartens and schools in one of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest countries.
JOHANNESBURG — Obesity rates are skyrocketing in sub-Saharan Africa, as in most parts of the world. But here the obesity problem has an unusual and particularly worrying shape. While child hunger has traditionally been the more pressing problem in African countries, researchers say that malnourished, growth-stunted children are turning into overweight adults.
New evidence, published in a very soda-centric edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, indicates that the easiest single way for obese people to lose weight is cutting out soda from their diets—among other rather damning info on the dangers of soda consumption.
What's so great about this underwear? They're sprayed with a resin that leaves them rather stiff.
All that resistance adds up to the equivalent of an extra 210 kilocalories burned per week, provided you're a 140-pound man walking 90 minutes per day, according to the Telegraph.
That's the equivalent of one-half liter of beer. I suppose any 140-pound guy who already downs a full liter of beer could just knock off the drinking, keep wearing regular underwear and get double the results.