Globally, there are now more than 1 billion overweight adults, and at least 300 million of these obese.
Current obesity levels range from below 5% in China, Japan and certain African nations, to over 75% in urban Samoa. But even in relatively low prevalence countries like China, obesity rates are almost 20% in some cities.
In the USA, one-third of all children born in the current decade will be diabetic.
The typical hamburger is now four times the size it was in the early 1980s. You can get an order of french fries/chips that is nearly three times as large as an order from 20 years ago. At the movies, you used to get five cups of popcorn, now you can get a tub that holds a whopping 11 cups.
Even our plates are bigger! The typical plate from the 1970s was nine inches across, now they’re on average 13 inches across.
But being on a diet is not always cheap… the average person spends USD$55 a week on food, but these diets cost a lot more than that:
Jenny Craig $138 per week; Nutrisystem – $113 pw; Atkins $100 pw; Weight Watchers $96 pw; Zone $92 per week
The answer… burn more calories than you consume!