According to the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Pacific island nations occupy the top seven places in the global obesity rankings.Oh, well, at leasat we won't hear any rubbish about capitalism and unhealthy Western diets from the usual susp...
Clive Moore, a South Pacific expert at the University of Queensland, says that in Polynesian countries generous proportions are seen as a sign of prosperity. In the past, only chiefs achieved a large girth; nowadays, with higher incomes and Western diets, it has become far more common to be fat.*sigh*
At the Pacific Food Summit in Vanuatu this year, Temo Waqanivalu, a senior WHO official, bemoaned the decline of traditional foods. "They are unable to compete with the glamour and flashiness of imported food," he said.It's all our fault. Again.