coca cola dietWhpepsi Wherever you go all you see are signs or ads about weight loss. From magazines, to full page ads in newspapers, to signs on the edges of streets, to commercials on the TV; they are everywhere. Yesterday, I saw a a man on a news magazine show on the TV ranting about overweight people. He is an ex military man who served in the middle east. His comments about overweight people were not nice. Funny thing though, he was an overweight child and was bullied for it. I had read in 2009, that by 2012, one out of every three people in the U.K. would be obese. That was a shocking prediction. There was a documentary also on the TV about obesity in the United States.  The documentary  stated that in 1980 there was no one with Type II Diabetes. As the years progressed and people gained weight, so did the numbers of Type II diabetics. If you don’t know the difference, Type I is usually called Juvenile Diabetes. A child can be born with it or develop it. It has nothing to do with age, weight, physique, or ethnicity. The pancreas decides to fail for reasons that are still not discovered. From the moment a child is diagnosed they have to take an insulin injection a few times a day. There has been a great deal of research around the world to cure Type I, but so far no actual success. Getting back to the documentary, the narrator went on to say that people have a false idea about calories. They cited a research facility that stated that calories didn’t matter, particularly sugar. However, when the narrator interviewed the scientist about the differences he explained it this way. The scientist said that whether you drank a soda with 130 calories or ate a handful of almonds, the calories were the same. The narrator said that the soda was empty calories with no fiber and that the nuts even though they contained the same calories that the body didn’t see it that way and it was processed differently. The scientist basically evaded the question until finally the narrator said, “Isn’t it true that you have made over Two Million Dollars and that your research has been funded by Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the soda industry to make these claims about sugar?” Not only did he not answer, the interview ended right there.  Its a sad situation in a country where there is so much food available, that rather than eat it all with some of its residents having weight issues, that the food could be sent to the countries where people are starving.  For anyone trying to lose weight, its a difficult challenge.  I have seen other documentaries about obese people and they live primarily in countries that have fast food.  Its not exclusive to the U.S. There has to be a better way to solve world hunger.