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    Beth Levine
    06/12/2014

    When most of us think about high rates of obesity, our focus is firmly on the United States. With our love of fast food convenience and a "why walk when you can drive" attitude, it isn't shocking that so many Americans are overweight and out of shape. But what about the rest of the world? Sadly, it appears that steadily fatter populations are becoming commonplace everywhere. According to new research, the whole world is going American!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
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    When most of us think about high rates of obesity, our focus is firmly on the United States.
    I've recently been watching the Tour de France daily, and could count on one hand the number of obese people by the roadside and those are probably Americans. Where I come from, going on a diet meant to GAIN weight not lose it poor me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    When most of us think about high rates of obesity, our focus is firmly on the United States.
    Interesting perspective from this article, but the opening phrase reflects the perplexing attitude of compulsive navel gazing that is accepted as ordinary within the United States. One might wonder, is this national self-absorption unique to the US, or do residents of other parts of the world see themselves as being the center of the universe in much the same way? Is this just plain old arrogance, or does it indicate some other form of ignorance?

    The Chinese name for China is the Central Kingdom, but I don't think that this reflects currents attitudes as much as just a historical description.

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    Taking off on your last sentence, Maurya, I continue to see the words Orient and Oriental in use, despite their having been dropped years ago as being geocentric. The more accurate (and appropriate) descriptor would be Asia/Asian.

    But the point I came here to make was that an item I read today pointing the finger not so much at diet as at an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Again, this may be more of a reflection on the U.S. than on obesity in other parts of the world.
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    I was listening to a fascinating lecture from Dr. William Davis on the evolution of wheat in the diet. He pointed out when in anthropological remains about 10,000 years ago humans started eating wheat and what immediately showed up in the human remains after that — loss of teeth, anemia, other diseases. He showed pictures of people standing in wheat fields. In the 1950-60's wheat was almost as tall as a man. Later the new hybrids they were waist high with much different genetic material.

    Although the present day wheat is not genetically modified Dr. Davis said the way they treated the seed to produce this new strain involved radiation, chemicals, etc. and it was almost as bad as a GMO technique and might be worse.
    The new strains of wheat also really increase appetite.
    And when these strains hit the market obesity started to increase.

    Could be sedentary lifestyle. But look at these grains and how people lose weight when they stop eating them without changing activity level much (you do feel better so you tend to be more active) and you begin to wonder. Although China is refusing GMO corn are they growing this wheat?
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    The lecture series is Dr. David Perlmutter's Gut, Brain, and Autoimmune Disorders: The Role of Food
    that is free but you have to sign up at:
    https://www.alcat.com/gut-brainwebin...ures-container

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    Although China is refusing GMO corn are they growing this wheat?
    China is the second largest producer of the world's wheat, and in China itself, wheat is second in production only to rice. Remember, too, that China has gobbled up available arable land all over the world, so it wouldn't surprise me if they were growing wheat in African countries as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    China has gobbled up available arable land all over the world.
    They have bought up many farms in Australia too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julieanne View Post
    They have bought up many farms in Australia too.
    .... and New Zealand sad2.gif

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    I would say this is happening because diets around the world are becoming more American like. I believe processed foods are making their way around the globe and also becoming increasingly grain heavy. I think activity may contribute, but I think diet is much more to blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmc65 View Post
    I think activity may contribute, but I think diet is much more to blame.
    This would be the corollary to the well know adage among athletic trainers to the effect that "you can't out-train a poor diet".

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