Most people in Taiwan -and take it from someone who participated in a hospital's weight loss program- are skinny fat. The weight is OK but they are not healthy. Their cholesterol levels and other problems usually related to being overweight go through the roof. No muscle mass, no exercise habits. Huge digestive problems -not going to number two for weeks... for example, because of lack of fiber.
I gained 20 kilos here in Taiwan because of stress, oily food -fried stuff is foreign stuff in the ol country-, lack of exercise, unhealthy sleeping habits and uneven eating schedules, etc. But ever since I got here, when I was over 20 kilos lighter, I was told I was fat because I did not conform to the 45 kilo ideal. So even if I went back to my youthful self 20 years ago, it wouldn't be enough for people here. However, it woyuld be good enough for me. My cholesterol and blood sugar levels are fine. No gout. If I lose more weight it will be better for my joints and a better diet helps the liver, too. Now, what I need to fix is my memory, where did I leave my pen?