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Obesity has become a household word, and it’s not the rich and over-fed// anymore.

In western countries it is seen that the poor are actually fatter and the rich with access to awareness about bad eating habits, and personal trainers, hi-tech gyms, diet secretaries etc., are comparatively slimmer.

It is said that there are more obese people in the world than there are those, without food.

Indeed a sad state of affairs that we find ourselves in.

Obesity is the well-documented forerunner of diabetes, heart diseases, cancer etc. More kids are being born fatter now than ever before; a study by the University of Washington says that one in every four high school grader is obese.

The effects are not confirmed to aesthetics or even health alone. Western citizens have to cough up dollars to pay for someone else’s fat as a result of tax for health schemes. Not many people are happy to hear that, but where does the solution lie?

A lot is blamed on today’s food: tempting, readily available, cheap and very bad.

Yet not only are today’s foods cheaper than ever, they are even more accessible than fresh fish, vegetables, whole grains and fruits- healthy foods of yore. People also work harder and play less. The poor often slump in front of the television after a hard day’s work, with a packet of cheap fast food snacks.

In addition to all this, as seen recently at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meet, there is now being considered other issues such as gender–bender chemicals. These are found in everyday materials like CDs, bottles, and plastic food wraps etc. These chemicals alter the endocrine system or disrupt its hormones and result in obesity ,as seen in animal models.

Others scientists speak of viruses such as the adenovirus, which can make you fat.

It is indeed a heavy mess that highly developed countries such as America- the fat capital, wher
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