For thicker or thinner

According to the Red Cross, there were 1.5 billion obese people last year, compared to 925 million undernourished. Obese people already outnumber the starving.

In the US alone, close to three-fourths (74.6%) of the population are considered overweight to obese — the case for one-in–three adults. This trend is already considered an epidemic — of a non-contagious disease, but considering the figures, it might as well be. Because the trend for obesity in developed countries is what is known as a ‘Kuznets curve’ — poor people, not the rich, are the ones afflicted — meaning majority of Americans do not have the opportunity to buy quality food. In the midst of America’s abundance, people are suffering from poor food.

Billions of dollars are spent to combat obesity. In the late 90s, Americans spent $50 billion yearly on diet products, exceeding the combined projected budgets for Education, Training, Employment and Social Services by five to ten billion dollars. Despite efforts to decrease the chronic scourge of obesity, it seems that the problem has worsen.

Right now, the most pressing need is for dangerously overweight people to lose weight fast, and maintain their weight, once the extra pounds have been shed. There are two tactics combined: First, a way to lose weight fast in a month or two, and second, a system to maintain the healthy weight. Industry offers weight loss drugs for the first, healthy food and exercise should take care of the second.

The most beneficial weight loss pill nowadays is Phentramin-D™. It is proven to make one lose weight in a month or two and doesn’t have the dangerous crystal meth-like side effects of the earlier, most famous weight loss pill, Phentermine.

Pills are only part of the total strategy. The fight against obesity will not be complete without healthy food and healthy living. Those who wish to lose weight should keep that in mind.

But then governments have to address the problem of the poor’s access to healthy food and healthy living. Without those, the weight people lost through pills would be back with a vengeance once they’ve stopped medication. This will create a population dependent on pills (and surgery) for their well-being — with the accompanying risk of tolerance to drugs.

If world hunger is blamed on profiteering and politics, can we blame the same for obesity? Whatever the cause, it’s time to take action.

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