Friday, October 28, 2011

Fast Fact Fridays: Lipid Layers

Gosh darn, it's the last Friday of Vegan MoFo! Who knew the month of October would fly by so quickly? We should celebrate by stuffing our faces with candy on Monday! Trick or treat! Well, perhaps we (as a society) should lay off the sweet sticky goodness of candy.

According to a recent New York Times article, global obesity rates have doubled in the past 30 years. Morbid obesity refers to the condition of being 50-100% heavier than your healthy body weight, or standing at a BMI above 39. By 2008, almost 10% of men were obese, and actually 14% of women. Plus, an extra 1.5 billion people are overweight. While the U.S. still weighs in at number one (woohoo?), most countries barring a few in Africa and South Asia are tipping the scales more than before.

So, I can't really blame our weight issues on Halloween. But an increase in those carbohydrate and fat-laden foods, decrease in exercise, and general wanton abandon for consuming excess calories seems like a plausible explanation.

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