My mentor had just related something that’s so funny yet seriously shocking.
He said while he was in the US he had never in his life come across such massive and huge human beings as the variety of fat people you have in America.
Why did he raise this point?
He was talking about trying to meet Naija’s needs. One of such needs is food. If the we can totally solve the problem of hunger in Nigeria then we’ll have fewer cases of poor nutrition and living below the poverty line in terms of feeding. The common man in Nigerian is struggling to put food on the table and feed a family - That’s a need that has to be met across the nation.
In comparism, the US has solved that problem. In fact, the need has been met too much such that it’s become a problem.
The proof? Obese people all over the place!
According to Ron Taylor in his article, Obesity - an American Epidemic:
An epidemic of obesity and its health related complications are sweeping America.
Unfortunately, one out of three of us are part of this plague, and the number appears to grow daily.
Despite an abundance of diet books, diet plans, home exercise equipment, and dire warnings from the medical community, less than one percent of dieters achieve sustained weight loss and many fail to produce measurable results in health improvements.
In fact, research suggests dieting may be part of the obesity problem, rather than the solution.
The root of the obesity problem lies in our eating habits. Simply put, we eat too much saturated fat and refined sugar, and too little fiber-most of this brought on by spending over half of our food budget on fast food in the form of greasy burgers and fries, gulped down with syrup-laden sodas…
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Eddie Murphy's 'Femme FATale' in Norbit bares the (Uurrgh!) flesh.
Naija has its own share of fat folks too but there are more cases of massive potbellies in Naija than obese people. Thanks to excessive starchy food consumption and absence of balanced diet.
I’ve come across some cases where fat people try to justify their being large as a feature that should be appreciated and not ridiculed.
Well, my point would be that there’s a difference between an Obese person and a Plus-sized person. Obese people usually have a record of excessive intake of junk food and had a way they looked before they became how they are.
Plus sized folks are just naturally big. And you’ll find out that such people can still look ‘flabulous’ because they were made that way.
Monique - plus sized thats big and beautiful
So if you’re naturally plus-sized, then you’re big and can be beautiful. As for being obese, I don’t see anything beautiful in that.
Plus-Sized can still be beautiful
Obese people should stop comforting themselves by classing themselves among the plus-sized folk, they should get medical help!