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Will all Thais be fat in ten years’ time?

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Will all Thais be fat in ten years’ time?

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When I first came to Thailand in the early eighties one of the first things I noticed was how slim everybody was.

The obesity epidemic that was already beginning to rear its head in the west had not touched Thailand one iota. Everybody both young and old, rich and poor, male and female all seemed so lean and fit looking.

They were all so good looking – the most beautiful race on earth – and they looked so healthy. I was young, thin and healthy too so I fit right in…

But as people in the west have grown dangerously fat to the point where huge percentages of populations are clinically if not morbidly obese, so has Thailand begun to change.

In fact it seems to be picking up pace as fat people in both the cities and the countryside are not just a figure of fun curiosity anymore but becoming a regular occurrence. There are lots of fat people in Thailand and worryingly many of them are children. Doctors are often quoted as being concerned.

Now, I am not having a go at fat Thai people. Some of my best friends are on the pum pooey side but I never used to know anyone in the country who I had to be careful around lest they inadvertently stepped on my toe. Now there are tons. You see them everywhere.

Is it the change in diets?

Back in the eighties it was virtually impossible to get anything as simple as milk. Villa supermarket was open but there was no such thing as a convenience store. There was Seven – Up but no 7 – 11. No Thai in their right mind would have bought a pre-packaged mean from a regular shop, though of course they have always been a nation of buying things to eat off street vendors in plastic bags.

And of course there was absolutely no western fast food outlets. Not a MacDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut anywhere. But the Thais did still seem to eat a lot of fried stuff out of a wok. A lot of curries with coconut milk.

Was it the number of meals they had per day and the size of the meals that kept them slim?

Thais seemed to eat a lot more meals and snacks per day than I was used when I had grown up but the size of the meals was markedly different. Did that make a different to their girth? Maybe they digested things better. There used to be an advertising slogan in the UK about a chocolate called Milky Way that you could eat between meals that would not ruin your appetite…..it didn’t seem that would go down well in Thailand. Everyone has always eaten between meals.

Was it their circumstances?

Thais seemed to be a busy people always on the go and very active. Has this changed? The whole world is becoming more sedentary what with the rise in technology. But there again there were always the lazy ones sitting around all day too. It was just that they didn’t sem to get fat either.

Have Thais stopped walking so much?

They never seemed to walk much even 35 years ago; if they could afford transport even over a few hundred meters they would take it rather than bake in the sun. OK, admittedly far fewer city folk owned cars or even motorbikes but they still used the bus – hardly exercise even if they were walking to the stop.

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In 10 years?

More like since 10 years!

OK, not all.

More and more terribly obese people with short life expectancy.

Just look at the supermarket shelfs.

Kilometers of potato chips, awfully fat and sweet stuff (like the O..o).

(most don't know what real potatoes are and would never eat them, absurd)

Overly sweet drinks/sodas.

All the western achievements have reached the country.

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Yes, but their driving will have improved.

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In 10 years?

More like since 10 years!

OK, not all.

More and more terribly obese people with short life expectancy.

Just look at the supermarket shelfs.

Kilometers of potato chips, awfully fat and sweet stuff (like the O..o).

(most don't know what real potatoes are and would never eat them, absurd)

Overly sweet drinks/sodas.

All the western achievements have reached the country.

But Thailand will need 100 years to reach America's level.....

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Will all Thais be fat in ten years’ time?

Will many of the farang on TV who worry about such things still be breathing in 10 years?

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Thailand has a big problem , sugar diabetes and there are many overweight Thais , They are on average still slimmer than westerners , Healthier i doubt it.

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Thank 7/11.....

They're everywhere in the country with their chips, 5-10 baht cookies & unhealthy snacks.....They're entrenching themselves in areas long before the McD's & BK's, etc....

They are the convenient trailblazers & pace setters.......

The flag bearers for the obesity brigade.....

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They have got the same problem in China------- I was reading about this 3 year old kid who weighs nearly 9 stone.

His parents say he's so fat he can hardly walk to work in the morning.................................coffee1.gif

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Yes, but their driving will have improved.

Thai drivers driving improved???? Most certainly not, especially with their mentality.

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I work in large school of 3000+ students and it seems that students are getting fatter and fatter each year. We have a large canteen and a few stalls sell junk food (french fries, burgers, bologna on sticks, deep fried crap) and they get a lot of trade. I think one of the problems is that Thais are eating more fatty foods these days and they're still eating as regularly as before. Maybe 3-5 meals plus snacks. My students seem to be constantly eating. I'd say that 1 in 4, or even 1 in 3 of my students are chubby to fat. I first came here in 2005 and there are far fewer slim people than back then. It's sad.

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It's not only Thailand.

In industrial countries, parents have no more time for the children.

Then what happens?

They say here 5€ buy yourself some breakfast on the way to school... and evenings, they have no time to cook then buy some fastfood on the way back from work or they let a pizza come.

Few years ago, children were playing on the road, running with friends. Teenagers drove bicycle to meet the BF/GF. Today they sit watching TV or playing computer and they flirt with BF/GF on Skype, Line or Facebook.

They don't move anymore.

The only difference is that in some countries that motionless life started some years before it started in Thailand.

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True that the 7/11's make it very easy for folk to get their junk food but the real problem, IMHO,

is that the big companies are flooding emerging countries with all their addictive junk foods.

This is a world wide problem.

The OP's observations centre on where he has been living - Thailand which is understandable.

However, looking at this as a big picture will show who the real culprits are.

Big companies employ an army of scientists who know exactly how to tweak salts and sugars in subtle combinations to make their products as addictive as possible.

Their interest is only profit.

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