sadly, it’s not impossible,
the guiness book of records has photos of the fattest people. big bobby hughes weighed around 1500 pounds. he died very young, big surprise. his coffin was the size of a piano case. there is a photo of the fattest twins, each weighing about 1100 pounds.
i was just in taiwan for the month of march. like my visit last year, i estimated that one out of every 200 people in taiwan are overweight. i saw no obese people last year, just several chubby people. this year in taiwan i saw one or two obese people, weighing about 250 pounds.
in america the rate of overweight people is 60%, yes thats 6 out of every 10 people in america are overweight. quite a difference.
i knew i was back in america as soon as i walked into the seattle airport, because half the people were overweight. i saw one woman who was about 350 pounds. she could hardly walk. no surprise, because think of a normal sized person carrying 2 - 100 pound bags of liquid everywhere they go.
people back around 70 or 80 years ago used to eat lard and butter and bread all the time, but they worked it off either on the farm or by walking or just working hard all day. now people eat deep-fried foods, carbs, sugar and then drive everywhere. kids are way overweight too. they love fast food, laden with fat and heavy carbs, and sugar. then watch an average of 4 hours of television, or sit on the computer or play video games.
i live in montana where people have a pretty active lifestyle with all the opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, etc. but go to a northern midwestern big city like chicago, detroit or cleveland-forget about it. its like fat is the norm there. very very few people in the big cities and suburbs bike or walk because these areas of america are all designed for the automobile. we go from our front door to the car, then walk a few feet to work or shop or eat, and then go a few feet back to the car, and then to the house.
people don’t exercise enough and they eat the wrong foods-the cheap, heavy foods that fill them up. mostly processed, packaged or fast foods. americans now eat an average of 60 pounds of sugar per year; 50 years ago the average was 5 pounds per person per year.
many people have serious issues with food. people eat because they are sad, or bored, or because the media tells them too.
every year we hear reports about the expanding waist line of americans, but every year the average weight keeps going up.
it is, as the post is titled, a sad state.