No obesity in North Korea!

February 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A link exists between a country’s economic freedom, fast-food purchases, and , researchers say.

Their results fit New Zealand, among other countries, they said.

The World Health Organisation has used the study as another opportunity to call for governments to take action to “reverse the obesity epidemic by hindering the spread of ultra-processed foodstuffs”.

The authors used data on the number of fast-food transactions per capita from 1999 to 2008 in 25 high-income countries and compared that with figures on body mass index (BMI) in the same countries over the same period.

A report of the study, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, said the work showed that countries adopting market-liberal policies had faster increases in both fast-food consumption and mean BMI.

The average number of fast-food transactions per capita per year increased for all 25 countries in the study, with the 10.1 transactions per capita increase in New Zealand the fourth highest.

Canada (16.6), Australia (14.7) and Ireland (12.3) had larger increases.

According to the OECD, New Zealand has the fourth-highest rate of obesity among members of the organisation, with 27.8 per cent of the population aged 15 and above rated as obese, based on BMI figures.

New Zealand was also ranked fifth in the 2014 index of economic freedom published by US think tank The Heritage Foundation.

So destroy and you solve obesity. This is probably right. When did you last see an obese North Korean (except for their leaders)?

And think of all those countries in Africa with no economic freedom. No fatties there either. A few million may die from lack of food, but at least no one is obese.

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17 Responses to “No obesity in North Korea!”

  1. scrubone (3,105 comments) says:

    It’s not so much capitalism=>obesity, so much as it’s capitalism=>prosperity=>obesity.

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  2. Odakyu-sen (752 comments) says:

    Capitalism delivers relatively cheap food. It’s the selections people make when faced by so many choices that is the root of the obesity “epidemic.” No one forces you to eat fast food.

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  3. wiseowl (936 comments) says:

    The method used for measuring BMI is wrong.

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  4. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    Another brain fart from a self appointed bunch of socialist busy bodies.

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  5. Maggy Wassilieff (450 comments) says:

    The only place I have seen obesity in South Korea was in Itaewon, the suburb of Seoul that houses the Yongsan garrison. It wasn’t South Koreans that were obese, it was the wives of the US servicemen and the visiting tourists.

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  6. pcplod (29 comments) says:

    No obesity in North Korea?

    What about that FAT FUCK of a so called leader?

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  7. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    BMI is a bullshit measure for obesity. Any country with a high proportion of sizeable people including Polynesians will make a joke of these statistics.

    FFS most of the sports people in this country would be deemed obese under BMI and they have proven to be some of the fittest on the planet.

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  8. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    You don’t need BMI or anything else to know we are a nation of fatties.

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  9. NK (1,257 comments) says:

    Of course there’s no obesity in North Korea. That’s because there’s no food there. The Fuhrer controls it to starve the people so he can maintain control.

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  10. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Maybe the catman can give us a few answers! He is a champion of North Korea.

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  11. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    If you looked at the people at Waitangi, you would be excused for thinking we have a national obesity epidemic.

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  12. mara (795 comments) says:

    It’s about “class” and dignity. Most fatties have neither. Do not give me the story of protein costing more than carbs as the excuse. I love KFC and pizzas but do not often eat them because I do not want to be a fat pig who has trouble walking and breathing and unable to wipe my backside after a crap. I am not heartless… Some people get to a size where their ONLY pleasure in life is eating and it would be horrible to be there. If there is blame to apply, where should it be directed?. I suggest that obese people have only themselves to blame. Sorry ’bout that.

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  13. gump (1,662 comments) says:

    @scrubone

    “It’s not so much capitalism=>obesity, so much as it’s capitalism=>prosperity=>obesity”

    ———————-

    Obesity is much more common among people in lower socioeconomic groups.

    This strongly implies that prosperity isn’t the cause of obesity. If prosperity caused obesity, you would expect rich people to be obese (and with the exception of a certain German fellow in Coatesville – they generally aren’t).

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  14. burt (8,321 comments) says:

    Brilliant socialist policy. If people have money they eat too much and don’t vote for welfare… keep them poor and don’t let them eat too much… Nanny knows whats good for them.

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  15. Odakyu-sen (752 comments) says:

    You have to be a dedicated grazer to become obese.

    Never miss a meal; that’s the secret. In fact, have five meals a day: breakfast, big morning tea, lunch, big afternoon snack, dinner, and late-night snack (did I miss anything?). Oh, make that six meals.

    Next, impulse snacks are vital. Any don’t forget the sugar-laden softdrinks and carb-rich beer (several bottles a day). Moreover, sitting is important. Drive your car everywhere.

    Keep up this demanding schedule, and you too can pile on the pounds. Don’t forget to hang out with like-minded people for mutual support and increased feeding opportunities.

    Remember, it’s not your fault. It just happened that you became obese. No one really knows why it happened, but remember: it’s not your fault. (Keep telling yourself this.)

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  16. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    Odakyu-sen, you nailed it.

    I have never met a fatty who did not work on it relentlessly. They invariably eat at their desk and drink sweet drinks all day. It is their business, but they would probably be happier if they ate healthy and were slimmer.

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  17. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    VERY Good we invite your to the

    NUCLEAR BARBECUE

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