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    Kids are getting fatter - as if we didn't know already

    Continuing with my theme of fatties.....

    From the Beeb:

    Child and teen obesity spreading across the globe

    Child and teen obesity spreading across the globe - BBC News

    This report notes that the biggest increase in the number of fatty kids is in east Asia. The accompanying map indicates that China and Thailand have the highest rate of obesity in kids, with Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar all with low levels.

    Most African countries (where the kids are all starving), have low levels of childhood obesity. no surprises there.

    The 2 countries with the highest rates of childhood obesity are Saudi Arabia and the USA (on that note, does anyone know how fat JT from TV forum is? He always refuses to comment on this, whilst happily visiting 1001 restaurants in his long-running foodie thread).
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    McD's & KFC hasn't reached Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar yet. Won't be long though.

    15yrs ago you would never have thought such a thing in Thailand. I assumed the Thais were fiercely proud the evil farang would never be an influence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    <snip> and the USA (on that note, does anyone know how fat JT from TV forum is? He always refuses to comment on this, whilst happily visiting 1001 restaurants in his long-running foodie thread).
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    Now KFC has reached Myanmar (if it is the genuine shop).

    Last week I was in a new shopping centre in Taunggyi (Shan State) that opened that very day. There was a long queue of customers for a KFC restaurant....

    Oh well, say goodbye to slim Myanmar girls

    On a similar vein, maybe I should apply to open a KFC franchise in Naypyidaw? Probably more profitable than being a teacher. (I did ask Subway about opening a franchise over here, but they cited problems over delivery of the ingredients to this location).

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    @David48, I guess your photos are pretty much near the truth...

    I must remember never to go to a Bodycore Thailand gym.

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    When the GF asked me why farang guys like Thai women the other day, I pointed out a couple of pasty flabby wobbling farang women who were walking a couple of metres behind their slimline farang BF/husbands.

    That convinced her, as she assumed most english women look like Emma Watson or Princess Kate.

    Or maybe the farang BF/husbands were walking ahead so they could survey the eye candy and only dream. Oh well that could mean another hasty divorce and return to Thailand alone for these men

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    Sugary drinks are the main culprit, i've never let my kids have them apart from the odd occasion and treat.
    They loved those 7/11 coke slushies, that Thai kids are always drinking.
    The difference when i was growing up was that a fat kid was a freak and had something medically wrong with them, everyone was thin and skinny.
    Nowadays kids have gone from a healthy weight and size at primary school to obese in a couple of years at high school.
    Parents not having enough time to monitor their diet and bunging them dinner money that they use for the tastiest and most unhealthy junk out there.
    Mine get healthy packed lunches, least i know what they're eating. You can only do so much as a parent but a least you can give them a healthy fighting start in life.

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    No exercise at all has a lot to do with it. I rode a bike, played sports all my life. Never set around all day with a game boy or an xbox. So many kids today have trouble walking from the ground floor to the third floor. Its a joke in reality.


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    ^Yep, it's a dismal state of play when it doesn't even cross the kids mind to use the stairs. As kids, we'd run up them and have an impromptu race to the top, just like that. It was normal. Ditto riding our BMX's all over London to see how far we could get. We carried our own tool kits in case of punctures.

    There was one chubby kid in PE at school, and he took offence to the name calling, so decided to prove himself. He became our goalkeeper in the football & hockey teams. In athletics he was suitable for shot put.

    Nowadays...they sit out of school PE drinking a can of soda, as obesity is called an illness in the UK. Any slight encouragement to improve themselves would be seen as bullying and a hate crime. The latter an arrestable offence.

    Good old PC Britain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    No exercise at all has a lot to do with it. I rode a bike, played sports all my life. Never set around all day with a game boy or an xbox. So many kids today have trouble walking from the ground floor to the third floor. Its a joke in reality.

    it's the bloody phones now.

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    My twins are forbidden soft drinks, candy and fast food by their coaches. Hit the gym in the morning, and then Karate in the PM on Saturdays. Karate in the AM and TaeKwanDo in the PM on Sunday. PE classes at school, plus martial arts after school a couple days a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    No exercise at all has a lot to do with it. I rode a bike, played sports all my life. Never set around all day with a game boy or an xbox. So many kids today have trouble walking from the ground floor to the third floor. Its a joke in reality.
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    Introductions of crappy processed Western diet is the real culprit.

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    ^Only if you let them eat that shit.

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    In Thailand McD's now do a 500g box of fries you can upgrade to for next to nothing from the 250g one.

    And my experience of Thai fries in Mcd/KFC are not shaken after frying, oil soaked, floppy, not crisp and hot, and not enough salt.

    Let's have an uprising against junk food driven obesity...after all it's one thing that is the farangs fault

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    For a lot of young people, it's not fun to get physical exercise, to walk or jog etc. There seems to be a preference for youngsters to find stimulation through computer gaming or watching telly in there spare time. Crappy fast food ain't helping any either. Many parents can't control what their kids eat when they leave the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    and not enough salt.
    You kidding me? Should call all fast food fries "Sodium Fries". Keeping sugar and excessive salt out of the diet is also a smart idea.

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    Thai fries were never salted enough in McD/KFC for me back in the day, maybe it's a Brit thing, as we like drowning then in vinegar too.

    At least that's not an issue now. Last time I had a Big Mac over a year ago, I felt I'd violated my body... Which I had really.

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    So many kids today have trouble walking from the ground floor to the third floor.
    Agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Only if you let them eat that shit.
    Kinda sums it up.

    Establishing a child's healthy dietary habits early on is as important as making sure they get an education. Add a reasonble dose of physical activity coupled with limited couch patatoe time and likely your kids won't grow up fat bastards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    McD's & KFC hasn't reached Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar yet. Won't be long though.

    15yrs ago you would never have thought such a thing in Thailand. I assumed the Thais were fiercely proud the evil farang would never be an influence.
    not all correct, Pat. When I visited Vietnam (Sgn) in 2014 & 2015, there were 2 McD branches and several KFCs & Jollibees (a PI burger chain, which has branches wherever there are many PI foreign workers or immigrants). I also visited Vn in 2005. In 2005, almost all the ladies (incldg sales ladies) were super slim. In 2015, there were still slim ppl, but chubby ppl (both men & women) were visible.

    I think in Vn, it's not just western style food but more disposable income too. More money for food, rising middle class. More money too coming from relatives in the US who escaped before the War, or escaped as boat ppl. Less bikes, more motorbikes.

    My viet friend said too that there are more cases of diabetes & hypertension than previous years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    In Thailand McD's now do a 500g box of fries you can upgrade to for next to nothing from the 250g one.

    And my experience of Thai fries in Mcd/KFC are not shaken after frying, oil soaked, floppy, not crisp and hot, and not enough salt.

    Let's have an uprising against junk food driven obesity...after all it's one thing that is the farangs fault
    The west, It's part of the reason.

    It's also the fault of those who eat it.

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    All this talk of fries...so l fancied these just now. They came lightly salted and l didn't realise...so l added more salt. Ruined them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Only if you let them eat that shit.
    The flips are getting bigger. Good move to educate the kids now. Fast food is already becoming the Norm .the Philippines . Fuck, it's not like the local food wasn't already greasy enough. A classic example ( which I also love) is chicharon. My god it's just pig fat cooked in pig fat, a heart attack in the making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    chicharon
    Great stuff. Eat a bunch if it dipped in the spicey sauce they make and no worries about hangovers.

    Near equivalent khaep mu in Thailand.


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