According to Forbes.com. The Polynesian race are the fattest race on the planet. Amongst the worse health conditions in the world includes my ethnicity, the Samoans. In fact, 7 out of the top 10 fattest nations in the world are made up of Polynesians and Micronesians. This is the only piece of statistic in which the Polynesians are at the top of the world statistically speaking. Moreover, this means that Polynesians are the most unfit people on the planet. Whilst, conversely, the Nauru Prime Minister may be correct in his consolatory solace for his people by stating that his people are not all fat but are muscle-bound as noteworthy in the number of Gold Medals in the Commonwealth games for weightlifting. Unfortunately, along with this positive aspect of strength and power with weightlifting honours has come the unenviable associated negatives with oversized powerhouses, are the inadvertent weight related illnesses. The overwhelmingly obese powerlifter may be glorious in the weightlifting arena outside of this sport are the weight related problems. Obesity, leads to various weight related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and various forms of cancer.
The issue at hand in the South Pacific Forum member nations is one which should emphasis the public cost to weight related illnesses and shortened quality of life for many overweight Pacific Islander people. The immediacy of this health issue may be considered much more paramount than any issue surrounding global warming or carbon emissions levels in the South Pacific region. In a Thomas Malthus perspective we may view this fattening of the Pacific region as relevant conspiracy for the eradication of purportedly inferior races, insofar as, that it is a Eugenic hope that the Pacific Islanders will eat themselves to an early death. We may view this drastic conspiracy theory much too drastic but with the amount of fast food outlets sprouting up in the South Pacific region means many things to eating conspiracy theorists. The notion that in classist societies the poor nutrition levels for poorer classes in affluent societies often means that many poorer people with poorer nutrition suffer from obesity diseases. Fast food, fattening foodstuffs, high caloric beverages have increased waistlines of many people. Lethargy and low self-esteem perpetuates the problem of weight management. Often, in affluent societies, it is the wealthier people who seem to have more time to lose weight by burning it through exercise and sport.
Poorer countries, such as third world nations, which include the South Pacific nations, whose perception of weight management is a matter of cultural significance which is very contrasting from many Eurocentric perspectives. By this I mean that the cultural values of Pacific Islanders towards fat people seems to proffer a unique perspective associated with wealth, status, and privilege, rather than the disdain of lower classes by European, Australasian, and North Americans societies, who seem to associate obesity with poorer people such as those people living in the welfare dependent projects and having to be subjected to eating poor nutrition foodstuffs, ie, fish and chips, saturated fats and trans fatty foodstuffs, etc.
In countries such as Australia, the general rule of salient prejudice often perceives that wealthier people are purportedly healthier and fitter, rather than the lethargically unhealthy, however, this is not the general rule as may be noted with fat cats such as Mining Tycoon, and Queensland’s richest man, with his mouthful of trans fat gelatine made meat pie munching Clive Palmer. The general affluent class would tend to indulge in healthier pursuits and are wary of their health than most working class Australians.
Ia atonu o lenei tulaga ua le manuia mo tagata Samoa i Samoa. Ua tulaga loga ono Samoa i le lalolagi mo tagata lapopo’a. O Tagata Pasifika o lo’o maua i le tulaga sili i le lalolagi mo tagata lapopo’a i le lalolagi atoa. Nauru e tusa e to’a 95 pasene o tagata lapopo’a ua sili i le lalolagi atoa.
O le lipoti lenei mai le Forbes journalist Lauren Streib.
World’s Fattest Countries
Lauren Streib 02.08.07, 12:01 AM ET
There are currently 1.6 billion overweight adults in the world, according to the World Health Organization. That number is projected to grow by 40% over the next 10 years. The following list reflects the percentage of overweight adults aged 15 and over. These are individuals who have individual body mass indexes, which measures weight relative to height, greater than or equal to 25. Obese is defined as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30.
||Micronesia, Federated States of
||United Arab Emirates
||Trinidad and Tobago
||Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)