Globesity: Fat's New Frontier

2012, Health  -   43 Comments
Ratings: 8.68/10 from 130 users.

Globesity: Fat's New Frontier reveals the outrageous eruption of a worldwide corpulence in countries where not so long ago famine was number one health issue. In China the usage of sugar and oil has led to rapid enlargement of waistlines; in Brazil global food companies have basically changed the usual daily intakes of food and sent the national scales spinning.

In India it's anticipated that 100 million people will have diabetes in the near future and in Mexico, the largest consumer of carbonated beverage in the world, where diabetes is already a headline killer and where the weight problem is so acute, special programs have been made available offering free fitness classes and bariatric surgery. If you thought obesity was just an issue in the first world economies, like the US, UK and Australia, this documentary will set you straight.

The fatness of the world is changing in ways that will amaze and possibly even disturb you. In the recent past, in many of the world's impoverished corners, hunger was the main health concern. Assessments put the number of underweight at 700 million, and overweight - mainly in affluent countries - at 100 million. How the tables have turned.

In truth, no country has succeeded to eliminate the hunger without shifting to corpulence, very quickly. Among poor and developing countries, there's not a single one, from sub-Saharan Africa to South Africa to the Middle East to Asia and Latin America, which has regulated this difficulty.

By 2010 the number of underweight people had increased only slightly but the number of very overweight people had blown up to 500 million. It's estimated that by 2030 more than one billion will be fat. We have dumped the concern of obesity into the developing economies just at a time when the numbers were starting to level off. This is a global problem and every country on the planet should be worried about it.

43 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Aranyani

    GMO's were introduced in mid '90's. Documentary statistic: China had zero obesity in '90 and is now 1/3 of adults. GMO's are in all processed foods, animal feed and therefore all animal related food, and non-organic produce. "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system." American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Bottom line is global illness and premature death by Monsanto.

  2. Jack1952
  3. Jack1952

    Life expectancy has been slowly on the rise almost every where on the planet. That is what it says on every website consulted. That kind of flies in the face of your premature death claim. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a big fan of Monsanto or their business policies and GMO's should be under the same scrutiny as new drugs. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine is not recognized by any official Medical association and any claims they make should be taken with a grain of salt. Your link of GMOs to obesity in China is rather tenuous, also. China of 1990 is much different than the China of today. A huge jump in their economy has brought greater affluence to the average Chinese citizen and with it greater access to food supplies. How GMOs fit into their obesity problem is subjective and direct links are difficult to prove. I would be interested in those animal studies you mentioned. Do you have any links to websites that I could see?

  4. bringmeredwine
  5. bringmeredwine

    If the marketing of food products, and the over consumption of sugar and saturated fats is contributing to making people sick and obese; I'd say education and then an individual's willpower might be viable solutions to help curb this obesity rate, or slow it down.

  6. Outsidethecage
  7. Outsidethecage

    Poor kids. Without clean water and real food they don't have a chance.

  8. Aranyani
  9. Aranyani

    We are not talking about overweight people, rather the sudden emergence of morbidly (i.e. life-threatening) obese. It flies in the face of logic to say lack of will-power is to blame. My heart breaks for that young Mexican mother who has doubled her weight.
    Sorry about the multiple entries, had trouble with Discus. Looks like jaberwokky helped me out.

  10. steviecomment
  11. steviecomment

    Mexico. Even the guitars are obese.

  12. Aranyani
  13. Aranyani

    A study by the New England Journal of Medicine and reported in the NY Times "For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents, according to a new report, which contends that the rapid rise in childhood obesity, if left unchecked, could shorten life spans by as much as five years."

    The American Academy of Environmental Medicine was founded in 1965, and is an international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine is accredited to provide continuing medical education for physicians by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), 515 N. State Street, Suite 1801, Chicago, IL 60654; Tel(312) 527-9200.
    Go to their website for information on GMO's including a list of studies by 13 organizations including the World Health Organization.

  14. Aranyani
  15. Aranyani

    We are all guinea pigs.

  16. RickRayFSM
  17. RickRayFSM

    It must be an alien conspiracy preparing the human race for the "CULL."

  18. Jack1952
  19. Jack1952

    It was rather difficult to follow up on most of the references given. I don't doubt that some genetically enhanced foods could be bad for you. However, each specific GMO has to be tested to show whether they are harmful or not. It would depend on the degree of modification and how those areas modified affect other living creatures. That is why I stated GMOs should be examined the same way we examine new drugs. Knee jerk rejection may halt research that could save millions of lives.

    The most damning way Monsanto does business is how they patent seeds. This takes the food control away from the farmer, a tradition thousands of years old, and places it into the hands of a small group of people maybe even one person. That kind of control could have dire implications for the rest of humanity.

    The emergence of obesity is not simple explained as a lack of willpower. When I was young, most people very seldom ate their meals at a restaurant or fast food establishment. It was considered a treat. Now those fast food places are everywhere. Mass production has allowed for very cheap prices. Availability, affordability and convenience draws customers by the droves. It is quite normal to see people whose sole nutritional needs are met at fast food outlets. Emerging third world countries are the targets of expansion for many large fast food conglomerates. People with new found economic prosperity can now afford these products and they buy it, relentlessly, without thought to how bad it could be for them. Caloric intake sky-rockets. Our bodies crave these calories and up until just recently they weren't available to us like they are now. It's not lack of's the lack of education.

  20. bringmeredwine
  21. bringmeredwine

    As a Canadian, I've occasionally experienced a hefty lack of willpower by choosing a hot fudge sundae, drenched in marshmallows and chunks of brownies, instead an apple; knowing full well that this is a very unhealthy choice.
    I am far from being obese, because typically I employ willpower on a daily basis. (and it's no fun at all!)
    Lack of willpower appears to be prevalent here when I see the startling amount of obese people, especially young adults, crammed into food courts and fast food joints round the clock.
    Unless these individuals have been living under a rock, they should have some idea via their health care professionals, the media or through the schools, that foods laced with sugar, salt and fats, shouldn't be consumed on a regular basis.
    I can see this same temptation/lack of willpower dilemma happening to someone in the Developing World too, once this individual has had access to healthy nutritional Information .
    But of course, if more people around the world were also armed with nutritional information, the obesity rate could possibly slow down.

  22. Jack1952
  23. Jack1952

    I know people who proudly state they will eat nothing green. Their diet consists of the fat and sugars through calorie rich home cooked meals and fast food outlets. They eat candies and chips by the bagful and drink pop and beer by the case. My own grandson would, when he was beginning to eat solid foods, would gag and throw up when given vegetables. If his mother would allow it he would eat nothing but candy, French fries and chicken nuggets. Fortunately, she insists that he eats nutritious food with the hope that as an adult he will maintain the eating habits she is trying to instil in him.

  24. jaberwokky
  25. jaberwokky

    I'm starting to get that feeling all too often nowadays.

    I've always had a healthy dislike of Monsanto, but that was based on the proprietary nature of their product and all the differing damage which that entails. But it seems there's a lot more to this story that I don't yet know ...

  26. bringmeredwine
  27. bringmeredwine

    Good for his mother! He is a very lucky boy to have such a loving and intelligent parent.
    I'm so sorry I rambled on and on in my previous response to your comment. I try so hard not to!
    Is it fair to say, you see the lack of food education in the Developing World being the main cause of obesity, at present?
    I totally agreed with that, then tried to add that lack of willpower could later become a factor in maintaining the high rates of obesity. Like it seems to be here in Canada.

  28. terrasodium
  29. terrasodium

    that's the first time I've heard the food processing industries cornering the markets with a negative health impact called an alien conspiracy to cull, but the net effect seems the same .

  30. jaberwokky
  31. jaberwokky

    It's both lack of will power and lack of education. But the lack of will power will always be a problem without the motivation that education provides. And then there's another problem in education. Our need for this 'will power' is because of how our abilities to manufacture what we desire have now advanced beyond what our body is comfortable imbibing or can adapt to readily. How do you educate the section of people that chose not to confront the reality of evolution in this regards?

    I'm not trying to be deliberately contradictory here as I mostly agree with all 3 people in this thread. I only picked your post to leave my reply on because you seem like the least likely to bite my head off.

  32. bringmeredwine
  33. bringmeredwine

    Crack me right up! "the least likely"!
    Hmmm, maybe if enough individuals lead by example, it gradually becomes a social norm? Then some people might start and then continue making wiser decisions, because they feel a pressure to conform?
    Darned if I know!
    I rigorously eat well and my partner still eats appalling stuff at every meal, then snacks on complete garbage.
    He has no shame or guilt.
    Did any of that answer your question?

  34. bringmeredwine
  35. bringmeredwine

    I hope you read my edited response because I made all kinds of written mistakes when I first replied!

  36. jaberwokky
  37. jaberwokky

    Nope, that doesn't answer the question. You're right of course with the lead by example line. Not what I was saying though and I was just throwing it out there but thanks for not taking a chunk out of my head ;)

  38. jaberwokky
  39. jaberwokky

    Looks fine to me :/

    Paranoid much?

    Edit: Thank you bringmeredwine :)

  40. bringmeredwine
  41. bringmeredwine

    How can't?
    Some people will choose to ignore the facts, regardless of what they know.

  42. jaberwokky
  43. jaberwokky

    Quite often in spite of what they know. We're a weird animal.

  44. jaberwokky
  45. jaberwokky

    "For on the third day they tried to cull his noodly appendage. And he laid waste to them and their kind"
    ---The gospel of FSM

  46. henrymart81
  47. henrymart81

    Why do I care if other people get fat? Oh that's right, I don't.

  48. terrasodium
  49. terrasodium

    and the number of the wholely hand grenade was 3, not 2 ,not 4 , but 3.Antioch postcards are available when you exit through the gift shop.

  50. Imightberiding
  51. Imightberiding

    It can be a big burden on your tax dollars & health care system just like smoking, depending on where you live. That may be some cause for caring.

    Whether you are empathetic or not, you might at the very least have a selfish motive for caring & that would be driven by my initial sentence in this comment.

  52. Imightberiding
  53. Imightberiding

    Great idea. Unfortunately once a person is addicted to a substance (nicotine/sugar/fat/alcohol) all the education in the world often times has little to no effect on changing a person's habits. I wish I never started smoking. ( I knew better at the time, I was in my mid 20's) Incredibly stupid I know. Until then I had lived a very squeaky clean life. What a horrific struggle that has been ever since, even with all the knowledge & medical facts right in front of me.

    I have never struggled with my weight but I have no doubt that excessive food consumption (sugar & fat) is similar to the struggle that cigarettes are to a smoker.

    Edit: Education has had positive effect on the whole with discouraging the use of tobacco products. There could be no harm in a similar campaign with processed food, sugar & fat. I think the food industry will be even tougher to fight than the tobacco giants were.

  54. Jack1952
  55. Jack1952

    I think in the developing countries, the average person has been overwhelmed by the sudden glut in food. Many remember lives where the pursuit of a meal, any meal, was a daily routine. To finally have food readily available and no longer their main concern wouldn't be seen as a bad thing, of course, and that it could bring new problems with it. People like this would think that this new found obesity sure beats hunger.

    In countries like Canada, our reasoning is different. For some it's like smoking. They've heard all the admonitions, and know that it is considered bad for you, but they do it anyway, for multiple reasons. In the end it's availability, affordability and the convenience that decide how many of us establish our diets.

  56. bringmeredwine
  57. bringmeredwine

    You're right about some people being slaves to their junk food.
    I'm not, but smoking is my dirty little secret. It's so embarrassing.
    I've cut down lots now, because smoking is so frowned upon or forbidden, in public places.
    I once quit for seven years.
    I wish cigarettes would just become illegal already, so I wouldn't be able to buy them!

  58. OΔΔ
  59. OΔΔ

    hahaha good answer

  60. LMairena
  61. LMairena

    It's a complex issue. But a lot of the problem is there isn't a choice. It's not like you have a choice between bad food and good food. Most of the food in a grocery store is not good for you (i.e., all that processed stuff in cans, for example). We actually have fewer and fewer choices in food as the high fat, high fructose, high sodium, highly processed foods win the lion's share of real estate in our grocery stores.

    The other issue is access. The fattest states in the U.S. are also the poorest. There are people in Camden, New Jersey, who have never seen an apple let alone eat one. The corner groceries in inner cities cannot afford to buy, ship and stock their shelves with fresh produce.
    Eating close to the source also takes time and education. People these days work an insane number of hours. In developing countries, it's even worse. Who has time to cook healthy meals? Pretty much the better off . . . those who don't have to work as much, have hired help, a stay-at-home wife or husband . . . the type of people who shop at Whole Foods.

    As for education, how many people would know what to do with a bag of dried beans? Lentils? How many people know what a rutabaga is, let alone how to cook one? Schools cut home ec classes and there is no longer a "mother" at home to teach her children how to cook. The family dinner--a time honored ritual--is finished. Children eat at all hours, snacking throughout the day, eating whatever they want, because typically there are no parents at home to establish rules and boundaries around eating. Eating is like toilet training: It must be taught and learned.
    Lastly, eating cannot be compared to other addictions like smoking or alcohol. People can stop smoking or drinking; but they cannot stop eating. It's an entirely different game. And it is a pleasure beyond anything imaginable. It's one of our very first pleasures in life and it lasts a lifetime. And think about eating if you're poor . . . when you don't have the means to do anything else, be anything else, go somewhere else . . . instead, you're stuck in poverty. Eating becomes probably the only pleasure in life you have--the only respite from otherwise hopeless existence.

  62. mycial
  63. mycial

    "We will keep their lifespan short and their minds weak while pretending to do the opposite. We will use our knowledge of science and technology in subtle ways so they will never see what is happening. We will use soft metals, aging accelerators and sedatives in food and water, also in the air. They will be blanketed by poisons everywhere they turn. The secret convenient google it! This is why your species is over weight, your masters has studed you & gave you GMO foods chemtrails & fluoride in everything if you don't wake up from buying a product because it's shiny or has a cartoon drawing on it then we will gave you poisons & you will seek help & they will give you more poisions Take care! Do not reply to this comment.

  64. Sieben Stern
  65. Sieben Stern

    don't eat the pepperjack turducken slammer... brought to you by SucroCorp.

  66. Colleen Farrell
  67. Colleen Farrell

    Great documentary. I didn't realize obesity was becoming such a problem in developing countries.

  68. Jess
  69. Jess

    You are pretty dumb to think that this doesn't effect you

  70. John Summers
  71. John Summers

    Corn syrup has more energy in it than any natural food and is a fraction of the price, so those that can afford real food have no excuse to be fat, but those who are poor have no choice but to live on corn syrup just to fill themselves up regardless of the vitamin content so not only will they become super fat but ill with it as they are not getting enough of the right food which makes them eat more corn syrup.

  72. Leslie Payne Simmons-Hale
  73. Leslie Payne Simmons-Hale

    It is not only food making everyone fat, it is electronics, inactivity, and computers.

  74. Shannon Gonzalez
  75. Shannon Gonzalez

    Something that came to my mind that was not discussed is the cultural implications of having one's family members obese. For example, when a mother's son is obese then there is proof that she is feeding him. When her husband is obese, there is the same proof. When the wife is obese, it is proof that the husband is paying for food, providing. In the US, if family members are obese, then it is a sign of "bad parenting" for feeding them too much!

  76. bluetortilla
  77. bluetortilla

    "Let the buyer beware" indeed. How about "Let the buy be warned"? Or better yet, let the buyer be protected by a government obliged to do so in its sacred duty.

  78. zedoeee
  79. zedoeee

    I agree with your point very much. I believe it's a lifestyle that we've become adapted to. It's relatively easy now to go get food, to do the things that used to keep us active on a daily basis. Electronics play a huge roll in this as well.

  80. Liberty
  81. Liberty

    I stopped watching this when it started talking about portion size. It's not how much you eat, IT'S WHAT YOU EAT. I could literally gorge myself on fruits grains and veggies and NEVER get fat. Why? Because the fat you eat is the fat you wear. If i don't eat things high in fat, then I will never get fat. Case and point.

  82. robertvb
  83. robertvb

    Don't expect governments to do anything about this.
    Brands like Coca Cola, Nestle, and Nabisco make the rules.
    Besides, they've moved on...into the big emerging markets: Chine and India
    North America has been tapped already.

  84. Joan
  85. Joan

    The body turns every bite we eat into glucose. Glucose is the energy used by the muscles. The fiber rich carbs one eats turn to sugar. But so does all the protein we can use, the excess expelled in our urine. The fiber in whole foods fill us up and let us know when we are satiated, unlike animal foods which have no fiber, so we eat more. So don't blame sugar for the rise in obesity. All countries now eat more animal products, including cheese, than they ever did before. With all the animals now being factory farmed, they are fed GMO corn and soy, and fish meal, as well as massive doses of antibiotics to fatten them up quickly. Every bite of animal protein we eat, we take in all the things the animals have eaten, including those antibiotics. Don't you think we might be getting all the "benefits" of those fattening antibiotics?

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