Everything’s bigger in Texas – for now – but the rest of the world is catching up to the United States when it comes to obesity and diabetes rates. With the mass exportation of American brands abroad, brands that have contributed to the copious waistlines present in modern America, countries across the world are learning what it means to eat your heart out (of commission).
- Worldwide obesity has doubled in the past 30 years.
- American Somoa has the highest rate of adults with a body mass index of 30 or higher (74 percent).
- In 2012, Saudi Arabia surpassed the United States’ adult obesity rate (35.6 percent in Saudi Arabia; 33.9 percent in the US).
- Diabetes rates are projected to triple by 2030.
- In 2000, China had 20,757,000 diabetic citizens (or the entire populations of Haiti and Bolivia — combined).
Dangers of Obesity
Obesity is not just a vanity problem. It’s not about how people look in skinny jeans or whether they can squeeze into a certain size of clothing. Obesity poses many dangers among which are heart disease, joint problems, diabetes, stroke, sleep apnea, and even cancer.
How the Global Obesity Trend Affects Restaurants
With a new focus on healthy eating and making good food choices, restaurants have been forced to tailor menus to dieting or health-conscious guests: be it skinny cocktails or healthy alternatives to staple menu items.
In an effort to dissuade children from constantly requesting unhealthy food, parents in California rallied to ban McDonald’s Happy Meals, and other quick serve kid’s meals that are accompanied by a toy, until new nutritional values were imposed on fast food restaurants. This bill was vetoed, but a new law (put into place by President Barack Obama) will require nutritional labeling for all chain restaurants in an effort to inform citizens and let them make smarter food choices.
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