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As the populations of Britain and America get ever fatter, so are people in China and India - in part thanks to the wealth generated by the West's insatiable appetite for their indolence-inducing consumer goods and tech.
[Ron: Not untypically, the title of this article is misleading, evidencing a failure or deliberate ignorance of the reality that demonic globalist controllers largely determine what British and USans ingest nutritionally and medicinally. For example the Talmudically controlled governments, food and beverage sellers and allopathic medical and healthcare industries shovel poisons down the throats of Anglo-US and European populations for profit and genocidal reasons. Don't believe me? Explain why floride is put in drinking water supplies; and why Ivermectin, HCQ, zinc and Vitamins C and D are widely refused to people developing colds and flues falsely labelled as a virus called COVID-19.].
When I was growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, "portly" people were a constant source of derision. Cartoon, children's book and slapstick movie characters from Fat Albert to Fred Flintstone, PC Plod to Augustus Gloop, and Fatty Arbuckle to Oliver Hardy, were always portrayed as slow, dim-witted, inept, greedy and generally laughable characters. This pop culture mockery invariably treacled its way into the playground, where overweight kids who didn't pack a punch would be ridiculed, bullied and routinely called "fatty," "fatso," and "big tub of lard."
By the time the ‘90s and early noughties came around, stand-up comedians, Hollywood, and the body-conscious mainstream and social media viewed the overweight as tropes, stereotypes and plot devices. Some even argued that really fat people should pay for two airline tickets, given the inconvenience they cause. Ouch!
As racist, sexist and homophobic humour is now deemed un-PC, the "big boned" have become an easy target. Unlike being Irish, a woman, or gay, being fat is considered something you were born with and have no control over.
As Bill Burr jokes in his 2017 Netflix special, ‘Walk Your Way Out,' "They're not a race, they're not a religion. It's totally curable. Eat an apple and go for a walk, you know?"
But as fat shaming becomes publicly less acceptable, online bullying, sizeism, body dysmorphia, self-harm, anti-fat violence and data, nevertheless suggest that the sort of growth Westerners should be concerned about isn't economic or demographic, but around their waistlines.
This week, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) revealed a record rise in nationwide child obesity. According to NHS Digital, in 2019 to 2020, 10 percent of children were obese at the start of primary school. In 2020 to 2021, the figure had jumped to 14 percent. By the end of primary school, it had climbed from 21 percent to over 25 percent. Obesity rates were twice as high in the UK's poorest areas.
While experts claim that poverty, pandemic lockdowns and an increase in mental health problems are to blame, Britain has been piling on the pounds for years, making it the fattest country in Western Europe. In 1957, fewer than one in ten 11-year-olds were fat.The British Heart Foundation says that since the early 1990s, the proportion of obese people in the UK has almost doubled. Today, an estimated 28 percent of adults are obese, or classed as having a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 - equivalent to more than 15 million adults out of a population of 65 million - while 64 percent of Brits have a BMI over the recommended threshold of 25. That the adult population's collective anatomy is ballooning is one thing; but a quarter of primary school kids being obese is a sad indictment on British culture.
Across the pond in America, unsurprisingly, the picture is no better. In fact, it's frighteningly far worse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention latest figures, from 1999 to 2000 through to 2017 to 2018, US obesity prevalence increased from 30.5 percent to 42.4 percent. During the same period, severe obesity increased from 4.7 percent to 9.2 percent.
Having worked in Mississippi, which holds the dubious honour of being the "fattest state in the Union," I've seen first-hand how poverty, poor diet, and laziness contribute to obesity. But, legitimate medical factors aside, I've also seen how identity politics, greed, depression, and a multi-billion dollar narco-style junk food addiction have conspired to create the elephant in the room: in a macho sports, industrial military complex, and hypomanic culture such as America, size matters.
A society that worships gargantuan football, basketball, and baseball stars from childhood, or kowtows to XXL chest-thumping wolves of Wall Street, or is constantly crowing "thank you for your service" to pumped up action hero soldiers and cops, invariably produces a huge amount of man mountain and wobbling woman wastage from those who can't drop and give Uncle Sam twenty at will.
Sport and food-obsessed America - like Britain and the Anglosphere of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa - is caught between two creaking stools. In these societies, where high streets, main streets and increasingly residential areas groan under the weight of fast-food outlets, supermarkets, expensive gyms, bourgeois health food stores and buffed up personal trainers, there's an existential battle raging between a survival of the fittest and survival of the fattest, each eyeing the other camp suspiciously with a mixture of envy and resentment.
But on an even deeper psychological level, the obesity epidemic in the West points to a form of child abuse. As more and more slovenly parents shove their kids' faces into gut-wrenching Happy Meals and gluttonous TV dinners, entire families zone out in front of multiple screens, never seeing fresh vegetables or the light of day, let alone a treadmill. And all because Western "adulteens" have come to despise children for having the sort of tech-heavy, high-calorie diet my generation could only dream of.
While 40, 50 and 60-somethings bitch and moan about "kids today" and romanticise the ‘60s and ‘70s (as if playing on bomb sites and having polio was fun), in truth, we secretly hate our kids for having a diverse, daily nutritional diet we would have survived on for a week. Meanwhile, the ungrateful bleeders enjoy mobile devices and computers that keep them rooted to their seats in a hypnotic state of consumption, which ultimately we have to work our bollocks off to fund.
Point this out to the little snowflakes, or the growing "body confidence" lobby, however, and all hell breaks loose.
Last month, newly-appointed science minister, George Freeman was accused of "scapegoating governmental inaction" after blaming the UK's high Covid death toll on obesity. Renee Zellweger was also slammed recently for wearing a fat suit in her forthcoming series, ‘The Thing About Pam,' as was Sarah Paulson for piling on the prosthetic pounds for her role as Linda Tripp in the Clinton-Lewinsky drama, ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story.'At this rate, Bobby De Niro should be cancelled for eating all that pasta to play a flabby Jake LaMotta in ‘Raging Bull.'
While Australia, the UK, and the US have formed the Aukus nuclear pact, it's their populations' exploding guts that's a more immediate threat, given the way fatness has either been weaponised or victimised.
In August, Plymouth murder-suicide attacker Jake Davison ranted on YouTube that he was a "f***ing fat ugly virgin" before shooting dead five people and turning the gun on himself.
[Ron: This is a typically disgusting defamatory journalistic slur in relation to an individual who was victimised by the Australian and Tasmanain governments because he had an IQ of only 65, had almost no family ties or close friendships, and was an easy "patsy" target. At the time of the Port Arthur False Flag massacre Martin Bryant WAS NOT "a pathetic, obese, dull-witted, middle aged man"; he was a slightly built, mild mannered, mentally challenged young man.
QUESTION: What would the author of this defamatroy throw-away remark LOOK LIKE if he had been framed for an horrendous massacre, subjected to extensive Tavistockian psychiatric mistreatment for months, pilliored by the Australian and world media for decades and incarcerated for 25 years and counting, WITHOUT A TRIAL?!
The Port Arthur massacre was a False Flag event in which ASIO and some Police were complicit; and several ASIO personnel were "inadvertantly"shot by one of the gunmen ASIO and others had organised to carry out the massacre. Incidently, in December 1987, the New South Wales Labour Premier, Mr Barry Unsworth, stated publicly: "There would be no effective gun control in Australia until their was a massacre in Tasmania." Was that a lucky guess?
See also: Australian government guide to survive a mass shooting by Jessica Marszalek.
Joe Vialls wrote that the awesome display of combat marksmenship at Port Arthur was blamed on a patsy, an intellectually impaired individual, Martin Bryant, who was held in illegal strict solitary strict for more than 120 days under the care of a Tavistock psychologist, until he was ready to plead guilty. Other reports stated that Bryant was told he would never see his mother again if he didn't plead guilty. THERE WAS NO TRIAL.
Within a matter of weeks of the massacre legislation was passed to remove semi-automatic weapons from the Australian population and a gun buy-back proceeded. It is now illegal to own a semi-automatic gun in Australia... the MSM were totally oriented around sensationalising the distress and trauma, playing the scenes over and over, always cutting to updates on alleged developments. In effect the public were continuously bombarded day in and day out for weeks over the issue BUT no mention was made of the presence of ASIO agents (as such) at the event and the unfortunate demise of some of them.
Australia saw 650,000 guns handed in, but in subsequent amnesties more firearms have been handed in, highlighting that many ignored the ban.
Unlike the experience in the US mass shootings virtually ceased because there was no longer a need for False Flag mass shooting as guns had already been confiscated.].
As the dust finally settles on COP26, which saw India and China bully the climate summit into an embarrassing last-minute U-turn on a commitment to "phase out" coal in favour of a Delhi-Beijing-friendly "phase down," the West should take note of how obesity is spreading from its shores to this rapidly industrialising third of the planet's population - in large part thanks to the West's insatiable appetite for indolence-inducing Chinese and Indian-made consumer goods and technologies.
But while the US leads the way with 13 percent of the world's two billion strong obese population, India and China have designs on becoming just as fat. The bilateral behemoths combined account for 15 percent of the world's overweight population and counting. Obesity, like climate change, is thus a global problem that requires us all to eat a little less, exercise a little more, and curb our addiction to unsustainable growth. If we don't, we'll wind up drowning in our own blubber before the rising sea levels get to us.
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Port Arthur Massacre. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Port-Arthur-Massacre.shtml
OFFICIAL MARTIN BRYANT STORY PROVED AN IMPOSSIBLE LIE. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/OFFICIAL-MARTIN-BRYANT-STORY-PROVED-AN-IMPOSSIBLE-LIE.shtml
REINFORCING MARTIN BRYANT'S "GUILT" See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/REINFORCING-MARTIN-BRYANT-S-GUILT.shtml
SHOULD WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS? JOHNNY HOWARD DISARMED US! AFTER THE PORT ARTHUR "SET-UP" MASSACRE. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/SHOULD-WE-HAVE-THE-RIGHT-TO-KEEP-AND-BEAR-ARMS-JOHNNY-HOWARD-DISARMED-US-AFTER-THE-PORT-ARTHUR-SET-UP-MASSACRE.shtml
Oslo and Port Arthur-Massacres-Sold-by-the-Jew-Media-as-LONE-NUT-events. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Ron_71/Oslo-and-Port-Arthur-Massacres-Sold-by-the-Jew-Media-as-LONE-NUT-events.shtml
The archetypal Port Arthur psy op set the agenda for Anglo-US "lone nut massacres". See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/The-archetypal-Port-Arthur-psy-op-set-the-agenda-for-Anglo-US-lone-nut-massacres.shtml
Watch what happens when Guns are banned in Australia. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Watch-what-happens-when-Guns-are-banned-in-Australia.shtml