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A few years ago, I was visiting a primary care clinicin the slums of São Paulo. The waiting room was full of mothers with thin, stunted young children, exhibiting the typical signs of chronic undernutrition. Their appearance, sadly, would surprise few who visit poor urban areas in the developing world. What might come as a surprise is that many of the mothers holding those undernourished infants were themselves overweight. The combination of underweight in children and overweight in adults, frequently coexisting in the same family, is a relatively new phenomenon in developing countries undergoing the nutrition transition.
numbers generally matched obesity rates expected among the general population, a surprising finding among people ostensibly too poor to buy enough food.
What a cop-out OP. This kind of thing does NOTHING to fight the obesity crisis.
Obesity is caused by only 2 things.. Over-nutrition and under-stimulation ( besides rare medical conditions ).
(1) You only need 3 meals a day if you have a very physical job, 2 if you are sitting on your behind all day.
(2) The reason why things get harder to maintain at a certain age is because we are living too long. Our body gets confused after 32 and random things happen with our hormones. It is at that point you have to re-adjust your lifestyle. It is purely ego that stops us from considering this. We think it is our right to live to 80 and carry on as usual.
I am a mortician and have spent the last 6 years working to fight the obesity crisis, and designed practical ideas to help people. Not just "ideas" that help no-one.
Note: If what you said was true, people starving would initially loose weight, then gain some of it back. History has shown this does not happen.