Fear of a Fat Planet: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight

r of a Fat Planet: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight

A new study shows the scale of the global obesity crisis.

The Global Obesity Crisis: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight

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May 30, 2014

There are 1.35 billion people living in China, another 1.23 billion living in India. The world’s two most populous nations are each home to a crush of humanity that’s almost impossible to comprehend. But those numbers pale next to the overweight people who live in the world today—2.1 billion, or nearly a third of the world’s population.

The numbers come from a study published yesterday in the journal The Lancet. Researchers looked at 1,700 studies from 188 countries conducted between 1988 and 2013 in order to come up with a comprehensive view of what’s a truly global obesity epidemic.

However, it wasn’t North America—where Mexico and the United States have vied for the title of the fattest nation in the world—that registered the highest obesity rate. Rather, the Middle East and North Africa are the worst; nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are too heavy. The study says the U.S. is home to 13 percent of the world’s overweight population, the highest percentage of any country.

The sky-high rates in North Africa and the Middle East may come as a shock in the West, where public health stories from the Arab-speaking world can’t break through the wall of coverage of American invasions, oil, revolution, civil war, and military coups. If anything, most of the region borders the Mediterranean, which is most famous in dieting circles as a way to eat a healthy diet heavy in plants, seafood, and the occasional glass of red wine. Even if there’s less wine consumed with dinner in these predominately Muslim countries, they still consume a whole lot of olive oil. But the red flags have been flying for decades, however, and a combination of urbanization, globalization, and regional cultural norms has created a massive public health crisis.

In 2001, a study published in The Journal of Nutrition looked at the obesity rates in Morocco and Tunisia and found that while their governments were still working to address issues of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, the waistlines of women in both countries were expanding at an unhealthy rate. Public health officials were doing little at the time to address the problem, according to the researchers, “especially since female fatness is viewed as a sign of social status and is a cultural symbol of beauty, fertility and prosperity.” With more people living in urban areas, where processed foods were cheap and easily accessible, issues like malnutrition were steadily being alleviated. But the study goes on to say that, “Western culinary influences lead to new consumption patterns, which affect dietary habits and even the rhythm of consumption.” The study continues, “These new dietary habits have created conditions for chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes to take hold.”

Elsewhere in the region, especially in oil-rich countries, diet trends have followed a similar course. In Saudi Arabia, meat consumption increased by 500 percent between 1973 and 1980, according to a 2011 article in The Journal of Obesity. Changes weren’t as dramatic in less wealthy nations, but the same paper notes that people in Jordan nearly doubled how much meat they ate over the same period, and that the percentage of calories consumed as fat by children in Lebanon increased from 24 percent to 34 percent between 1963 and 1998.

Wealth and development can change diet and health by increasing the amount of meat used in regional cuisines—but American-style dining also seems to crop up in emerging markets around the world, and the Middle East in no exception. Just as global fashion brands and, more recently (and disastrously), institutions like New York University, have tried to catch some of the shimmer of the Gulf’s oil wealth, so have fast-food companies.

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“Demand for fast casual dining, which includes the more traditional fast-food chains such as McDonald’s as well as the table service brands like IHOP, is growing amid a rise in disposable income, extravagant shopping malls, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for Western food concepts,” reads a 2012 trend story on the website Arabian Business. The article cites a study from the research firm Euromonitor that predicts the fast-casual dining in the United Arab Emirates will expand from $6.4 billion in 2011 to $8.7 billion in 2015. Burger chains are expected to propel the boom.

And just as meat consumption has increased across the region, so has the saturation of fast-food brands. The trade website Food Business Africa points out that the demographics across the Middle East and North Africa present an ideal market for fast-food companies: Huge populations of young people who have “grown up eating processed foods and dining in Western-style fast-food restaurants and coffee shops.” For the youth in this region—and around the world, for that matter—drive-through hamburgers are as much of a birthright as for kids in the U.S.

American-style fast food is no longer a foreign novelty, and neither is American-style obesity.

REDEMPTION! What You should know! Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for healthy dogs & cats in the United States!


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Horrifying Video: Prison Guards Callously Laugh as Mentally Ill Man Dies in Front of Them

trauerkerzeHorrifying Video: Prison Guards Callously Laugh as Mentally Ill Man Dies in Front of Them

Heartbreaking enough, this is not some historic footage of a Nazi death camp. This is modern day America.


We see Mr. Lopez struggling to breath for hours, and then, finally, we have an unobstructed view as Mr. Lopez takes his last breath, dying, half-naked on the cold concrete floor of a prison cell – isolated and alone with no Defendant caring whether he lived or died”

A lawsuit has been filed in the March 17, 2013 death of Christopher Lopez at the San Carlos Correctional Facility.

Along with this lawsuit, attorney David Lane has released a horrific and heartbreaking compilation of footage from the hours leading to Lopez’ death.

The lawsuit begins-

On March 17, 2013, in full view of most of the Defendants, a shackled and stripped Christopher Lopez died alone and ignored, on the cold concrete floor of a cell at the San Carlos Correctional Facility. His death could have been easily prevented by most of the defendants had any one of them simply picked up a phone and called for medical help. Instead, the Defendants, all employees of the Colorado Department of Corrections, ultimately made what could pass as a documentary film on how to ignore the obvious and serious medical needs of a dying prisoner for hours until the very last breath of life leaves his body.

In the 47 minute long video, the prison guards laugh, joke, and mock this helpless and shackled schizophrenic man as he dies alone on the floor in front of them.


The incident was triggered by a sodium deficiency, which may have been a reaction to the psychotropic medication he was taking.

“The first video shows Christopher Lopez lying face down on the floor of his cell, naked from the waist up, and the staff is yelling in the cuff slot.

They’re saying, ‘Come to the slot and cuff up or we’re not going to help you with your medical issue.’ But you can see Lopez is virtually unconscious. He’s trying to lift his head but he’s not strong enough to do it. Then they gear up the force team and go in. But first, they talk about pepper-spraying him because he’s not complying with their demands, even though some low-level guard says he has a medical issue. The only reason they don’t pepper-spray him is because they’re short-staffed.” Lane explained.

The guards entered the cell dressed in full riot gear and dragged him out. They told him to stop resisting, even though his dying body was entirely limp.

0“Their reports about this are all part of the cover up,” Lane continued. “They say, ‘He disobeyed our order’ to make it seem like he was obstreperous when he was actually almost unconscious.”

They move him to a restraint chair with a spit hood while Lopez has a grand mal seizure.  During this time the guards talk about Walmart and their plans for the weekend.

Eventually he is removed from the chair and left chained on the floor.  A nurse finally enters, but not to provide any kind of emergency treatment. She tells Lopez, “It’s time for your psych meds” to which she receives no response from the dying man, even as she kicks him, and then injects the very drugs that may have caused this medical emergency directly into his anus.

Twenty minutes into the video we see Lopez struggling to breathe, shackled, on the floor of his cell and the officers begin to chat.

“Is it lunch already?” the guard asks, followed by inaudible conversation.

“He could swallow his teeth, I don’t care…”

At 21:30 the guard coldly proclaims, “he didn’t even piss on himself, so he’s not seizing.”

Around the 40:00 mark another disgusting conversation takes place, showing how truly sadistic these monsters in charge of people’s lives really are.

“What’s he doing now?” a female supervisor asks.

“Smells like he peed all over the place,” a man replies.

“Is he still on the floor?”


“He likes it on the floor.”

“I like him on the floor.”

“Yeah, he likes it alright when he’s on the floor.”

Laughter ensues.

“Isn’t that terrible?”

Warning- Graphic and Heartbreaking

This awful ordeal began at 3:30 in the morning, and at 9:10 a.m., Mr. Lopez took his last breath and died, shackled and face down in the intake cell with no help from the people watching him struggle.

Three employees have been fired, and five others disciplined. No criminal charges were filed.

If Fyodor Dostoyevsky was correct in stating that you can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners, this video is a very horrific display of what our society has become.  We can do better.

Read the full lawsuit here.

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/prison-guards-callously-laugh-mentally-ill-inmate-dies-floor/#VPC1STIH0HKIfx8H.99

How To Survive A Broken Bone In The Wilderness

How To Survive A Broken Bone In The Wilderness

Posted By Nicholas O. On October 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am In Extreme Survival | 1 Comment



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Every survival kit should have first aid supplies, but even those supplies may not include what is needed in dealing with serious injuries when out in the wild, such as a bone fracture, dislocation or sprain.

Accidents like these can and do happen in the wilderness, so you should be well-prepared in your knowledge of what to do. Hopefully, this article will serve as a good starting point.


There are two kinds of fractures: open fractures and closed fractures. An open fracture is where a bone can protrude through the skin (which would combine the fracture with an open, bleeding wound), and it’s sometimes called a compound fracture. A closed fracture, on the other hand, will have no open wounds.

Symptoms of a fracture include immense pain in the affected area, skin discoloration, swelling and a partial or total lack of function in the area. This can lead to numerous complications, ranging from a severed blood vessel, to numbness, shock and even internal bleeding. It is imperative that you treat the fracture immediately.

Get two branches that have a diameter of at least two inches, and make sure that they run along the length of either your arm or your leg, whichever one has the fracture. You’ll need both branches to run evenly, and pad them with whatever materials you have. Then, tie the splint around your arm or leg using whatever resources are available to you: rope, cloth, vines, etc. Tie it firmly around the ankle or the wrist, around the knee or the elbow, and then around the upper leg or the upper arm.

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Make sure that the broken leg or arm remains as long or longer than the unbroken one, and don’t perform much physical activity with it. Get some rest, drink plenty of water, and prevent the onset of headaches by wrapping a damp bandana around your head. You’ll also need to eat plenty of food to keep your energy levels up.

You also may want to elevate the site of the fracture for proper blood circulation.


A dislocation is the separation of bone joints that causes an entire limb to go out of alignment.  It is extremely painful, can cause immense nerve damage, and can also affect the flow of blood circulation around the body. Symptoms of dislocations include pain in the affected joints, swelling, skin discoloration, limited movement of the joints and deformity of the joints. If you have suffered a dislocation, treat it immediately, and if you have anybody with you, they should perform the action for you.

First, take any pain relievers that you have in your medical kit. Then, use manual traction to carefully pull the dislocated bone away from the joint. This will be immensely difficult, will send shooting pain throughout your body, and will most likely require several attempts. But then again, you’re not in the medical emergency room. You’re in the wilderness.

As you pull the bone away from the joint, this will give the bone more room to slip back into place. Firmly but slowly, push the bone again so that it is in line with the joint. The good news here is that the bone will naturally want to be placed in line with the joint. Immediately after the bone is in place, you’ll feel much pain relief.

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At that point, treat the dislocation as if it were a fracture. Create a splint and padding and run it up and down the fracture site, and tie it very tightly.


A sprain is the overstretching of tendons or ligaments. Symptoms of sprains include discolored skin, tenderness and/or swelling in the affected area, and pain.

Fortunately, treating sprains is much simpler than treating fractures and dislocations, but still should not be taken lightly.

Begin by resting the injured area, then ice it for 24 hours. If you don’t have any ice with you, soak a bandana or article of clothing in cool water, and place it over the site of the sprain. You’ll then want to splint the injured area to keep it stabilized, and after splinting it, elevate the affected area to ensure proper blood circulation.

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Behind America’s Store Fronts – Drugs, Homelessness and Abandonment

Behind America’s Store Fronts – Drugs, Homelessness and Abandonment

In an original TRNN series, conservative residents of the working-class town of Westminster, Maryland, paint a political landscape different from that depicted in the mainstream media –   October 17, 14

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What of the hens whom we observe each day at home

Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:


What of the hens whom we observe each day at home,

with what care and assiduity they govern and guard their chicks?

Some let down their wings for the chicks to come under;

others arch their backs for them to climb upon;

there is no part of their bodies with which they do not wish

to cherish their chicks if they can, nor do they do this without

a joy and alacrity which they seem to exhibit by the sound of

their voices.

– Plutarch

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WONDERFUL: Celebrate INK Announces Finalists in Prison Writing Conteste

Originally posted on ChildreninShadow.wordpress.com:


INK Announces Finalists in Prison Writing Contest

Ink RedoINK, the country’s most ambitious prison writing program, announces finalists in its first nation-wide prison writing contest. Vidahlia Press and Publishing House, Inc., an independent book publisher, launched INK in 2013 to provide a literary outlet for those who are incarcerated in federal, state and county institutions. Thousands of incarcerated writers across the U.S. responded and the finalists exhibit exceptional literary talent and promise as literary artists.

“History has shown that many of America’s greatest writers have penned their work while incarcerated, often in deplorable conditions,” said Roy J. Rodney Jr., Publisher and President at Vidahlia Press and Publishing House, Inc. “INK is a combination of the company’s desire to pay it forward and its belief that the mass incarceration of almost three million citizens in the Unites States includes many exceptional literary artists.”

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Disabled People Not Worth Minimum Wage Says Lord Fraud, Time For This Nasty Fucking Clown To Go

Originally posted on the void:


“Nearly everything I’ve done has been total chaos.”

Comedy toff and Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Fraud is a joke that stopped being funny a long time ago.  Of all the blundering fucking idiots in the DWP, this failed banker, who cost investors millions due to a series of bungled deals, has shown the true face of the out of touch gilded elite that dominate all of the main political parties.

This is the man who thinks people queue up in foodbanks just for a laugh and not because they are hungry.  The same prick who threatened every Women’s Refuge in the country with closure and wanted to charge the very poorest benefit claimants to have banks manage their personal finances.  The clown who doesn’t even know how much the dole actually pays despite being in charge of reforming it.

His recent comments at the Tory Party…

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