What’s better than a juicy steak? Or some chips and coke? Imagine all your favorite food in as much as your stomach allows it and never getting fat. I know, never gonna happen.
However, there is nothing worse than feeling so bloated and being so heavy that you can no longer bend to touch your toes – let alone see them. This very alarming medical condition is called Obesity. Defined as the accumulation of excess body fat to the extent of causing negative effects on your health, obesity is one of the leading medical conditions in our world today. Aside from lowering life expectancy, obesity increases the likelihood of contracting other diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes and cancer, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Here are 10 facts about obesity. Enjoy!
Fact 1: Traveling back to 1990, if you were a little overweight back in the day, it wouldn’t be something society would be looking down upon. In fact, it would have been celebrated! Being on the heavy side meant that you were of high social status, and some parts of the world even celebrated obesity as a mark of true beauty and fertility.
Fact 2: Throughout recent history, the world has taken the steps in preventing the disease from spreading. In 2011, after the largest obesity boom known to man, schools and city districts implemented the practice of more physical activity and less calorie intake. The facilities would ban soft drinks and junk food from being sold in schools.
Fact 3: Obesity has become the leading cause of death worldwide, affecting not only adults but children as well, with numbers rising annually. Authorities now view it as the 21st century’s most alarming public health problem to date. In 2013, obesity had been declared as a disease by the American Medical Association, and has been traced in most parts of the Western world. America stigmatized as the Obesity Capital of the world.
Fact 4:According to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, obesity grew at an alarming rate between the years 1980 till 2009, with Southeastern and Midwestern countries going from a 10% obesity rate to a an alarming 30%. According to the New York Times, 2010 marked the year with the highest rate of people diagnosed with obesity all throughout the world.
Fact 5: In 2019, an estimated 38.2 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight or obese. Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. In Africa, the number of overweight children under 5 has increased by nearly 24% percent since 2000. Almost half of the children under 5 who were overweight or obese in 2019 lived in Asia.
Fact 6: During the years 1957 up to 1997, the amount of meat found in hamburgers grew significantly. The beef patties which were originally 1 ounce became 6 ounces in the span of 40 years, which played a large part in contributing towards the rising percentage of obesity.
Fact 7: The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents aged 5-19 has risen dramatically from just 4% in 1975 to just over 18% in 2016. The rise has occurred similarly among both boys and girls: in 2016 18% of girls and 19% of boys were overweight.
Fact 8: Children in low- and middle-income countries are more vulnerable to inadequate pre-natal, infant, and young child nutrition. At the same time, these children are exposed to high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense, and micronutrient-poor foods, which tend to be lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality. These dietary patterns, in conjunction with lower levels of physical activity, result in sharp increases in childhood obesity while undernutrition issues remain unsolved.
Fact 9: Reports indicated that over 83% of those who are overweight or who are suffering from obesity suffer from a mental illness as well. Because a person suffering from a mental disorder is more than likely to become socially isolated, physically inactive, and live a sedentary lifestyle, obesity is highly possible and the two go hand in hand.
Fact 10: Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for early death. Obesity is responsible for 4.7 million premature deaths each year. Obesity is one of the world’s largest health problems – one that has shifted from being a problem in rich countries to one that spans all income levels.
Sometimes, I find myself indulging in a good horror B-movie flick. Sometimes, I enjoy B-movies more than most recent Hollywood movies. Maybe it’s because of the low budget that pushes directors to be more creative and original or it could be the opposite, the low budget gives them the freedom to “fail” without repercussions. Whatever the case may be, I think more people should give B-rated movies a shot. You might be pleasantly horrified.
If you’re into a good werewolf monster movie, you might just give this a shot. “Wolves” is an edgier take on the familiar story of a man that turns into a wolf. The movie is entertaining and has decent special effects given its budget.
9. It Came From Beneath The Sea
For its time (1955), the effects were quite decent, though most likely you won’t be shocked by this film. It features a huge radioactive octopus that is terrorizing the North American Pacific Coast.
8. Piranha 3D
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free a group of prehistoric carnivorous fish, Lake Victoria in Arizona explodes with casualties. Now, unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents.
This film is a blast. The movie succeeds admirably because it never tries to offer anything else than B-movie thrills, namely nudity and gore. The scant running time is absolutely packed to the brim with naked women and people being destroyed by piranha in increasingly gory ways. This is one of the most hands-down entertaining creature features I’ve seen in a while and the kind of film you think they don’t make anymore.
7. The Human Centipede
“The Human Centipede” is described as the most horrific film ever made. It follows a mad scientist who kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others’ rectums. Above all very scary and intelligent! I wouldn’t recommend eating before viewing this movie.
6. The Evil Dead
The story is about five students who go to a cabin in the woods (why not). They find a tape with the voice of a professor trying to translate the “Necronomicon”, the Book of the Dead. By playing the tape the students unleash the evil power that lives within the woods. Gradually they are turned into blood-thirsty zombies until there’s only one of them left. Ash (Bruce Campbell) now has to fight not only his former friends but also the evil that is trying to get him too. it is considered to be one of the best and most original horror films of all time.
5. The Blair Witch Project
The movie is about three film students who vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. I can still remember the initial shock it had on me. This gem is a must see.
4. Paranormal Activity
The title gives it away. A couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence after moving into a suburban home, With a budget of 15.000$, this movie is surprisingly good. The effects, while minimal and cheap (banging, invisible feet and hands), are very effective. But the real scare is the ending. This offers one of the most terrifying endings of all time.
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” follows Matthew Bennell as he is confronted with the realization that several people, including his friends, are acting abnormally only to realize that aliens have been replacing humans by living inside them. This is one of the most underrated films of its genre. It will scare the daylights out of you, not just because of the story but because of the characters.
The movie follows Carrie White – a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother. She unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. “Carrie” is a modern classic, and many recent horror films could take a few lessons from the story,
The story is about Henry Spencer. He tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. This masterpiece will forever haunt me.
Let me know if you know any other good horror B-movie flick I should have included in the list.
Throughout history, power has brought about some of the best and some of the evilest leaders known. Modern-day, we had some of the worst leaders. From gross abuse of power to genocide, these despots are most evil in recent history. The list is not exhaustive.
10. Idi Amin
Born in 1925, General Idi Amin overthrew the elected official Milton Obote and declared himself president of Uganda in 1971. He launched a ruthless regime for over eight years, expelling 70,000 Asians, massacring 300,000 civilians, and bringing out the economic collapse of the country. He was overthrown in 1979, but he never answered for his crimes, living out the rest of his days in Saudi Arabia.
9. Kim Jong Il
Born in 1942, Kim Jong Il is considered one of the most successful despots since Joseph Stalin. Coming into power in 1994, Kim inherited an impoverished North Korea with a full-scale famine starving his people. Instead of helping them, he put the country’s money toward building the world’s fifth largest military and in the process, letting a million of his people starve to death. He tricked the United States into giving him nuclear technology so he could build nuclear weapons and terrorized South Korea with threats, a bombing run in Myanmar, killing South Korean officials, and sinking one of their submarines.
8. Muammar Gaddafi
Born in 1942 in Libya, he did all the things they usually do as a tyrannical despot. He squashed political opposition by making it illegal. He banned private enterprise, freedom of speech, and any unsound books were burned. Despite Libya’s great economic potential, few of his people actually experienced economic prosperity as he squandered most of it on funding terrorist groups. His rule is considered one of the most brutal and totalitarian eras in North African history.
7. Fidel Castro
Before Fidel Castro, Cuba had a thriving economy but once he overthrew Fulgencio Batista in 1959, he destroyed all of it under his oppressive Communist rule. In two years, 582 political opponents were executed by firing squad. In his fifty year rule, estimates of his executions went into the thousands. Newspapers were closed. Priests, homosexuals, and others were forced into labor camps for re-education. All basic civil rights like freedom of speech were denied.
6. Leopold II of Belgium
Leopold II was the King of Belgium. But, he also had another name: The Butcher of Congo. The Congo was ripe with rubber and he wanted to exploit it. So he reigned down terror on the colony with his armies. Though he never set foot in the Congo, he had 10 million Congolese people massacred. He frequently ordered his military to cut off the hands of rebellious workers as proof. Eventually, word got out of his atrocities and he was forced to sell it from outside pressure. But his reign devastated the country for decades.
5. Pol Pot
Leading the Khmer Rouge Communist government in Cambodia, Pol Pot rounded up academics, scientists, teachers, city residents, religious leaders and pretty much anyone educated and put them into concentration camps where they were mass executed. An estimated two million people died of starvation, execution, or disease during 1975 to 1979.
4. Emperor Hirohito
Emperor Hirohito was the leader of Japan during some of the worst war crime atrocities in human history. From the Nanking Massacre where thousands were raped and murdered to Unit 731 where they did horrendous biological experiments on people resulting in 300,000 people dying, the Emperor had the power to stop it and did nothing.
3. Mao Zedong
Communists revolutionary Mao Zedong lead the takeover of China to communist rule. Under his leadership, he instituted massive land reform, stealing large plots of land away from landowners through violence and terror. Anytime criticism came his way, he would quickly squash dissent. But it was his “Great Leap Forward” campaign which led to an intense famine from 1959 to 1961, resulting in the deaths of 40 million people.
2. Adolf Hitler
Hands down, Adolf Hitler was one of the most notorious, evil, and destructive leaders in human history. With his angry hate-filled speeches, his ordering of Kristallnacht, his wanton invasion of European and African nations, and his ordering of millions of Jews being tortured, raped, and executed in concentration camps, plus countless other atrocities known and unknown, Hitler personifies hate and evil like few have before or since. In total, historians credit him with the deaths of 11 million people.
1. Joseph Stalin
During Stalin’s reign of the U.S.S.R., he took control of large plots of land. Millions of farmers refused to give up their land, so he had them killed. This also led to famine across Russia, resulting in more millions killed. Under his totalitarian rule, he expanded the secret police, encouraged citizens to spy on each other, and had millions killed or sent to the Gulag. Twenty million people died under his brutal and tyrannical rule.
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