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Kim Jong Un May Be Suffering From Cheese Induced Gout

Kim Jong Cheese

Kim Jong Un’s mysterious month long absence from the public eye has led to speculation that the North Korean leader’s weakness for cheese has caused a bad case of gout.

The Supreme Leader’s health problems are so severe that even the North Korean media, which typically portrays the isolated nation’s leader as indestructible, has confirmed Kim is “suffering discomfort.”

The admission of “discomfort”, along with a video from July showing the increasingly overweight 31-year-old walking with a slight limp, have fueled the rumour mill.

The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest newspaper, reported that Kim had fractured both of his ankles and had surgery in Pyongyang in the middle of September to treat them.

“I heard that Kim Jong Un injured his right ankle in June after pushing ahead with on-site visits and ended up fracturing both ankles because he left the injury unattended,” the source was quoted as saying.

Well, that makes sense. Whenever you injure one ankle and leave it unattended, the other one will break itself in a gesture of solidarity. But even with two broken ankles, the Supreme Leader trudged on.

“Despite some discomfort, our Marshal continues to come out and lead the people,” said the narrator of a documentary called “Improving the Lives of the People,” showing footage of Kim limping through the Taedonggang Tile Factory last month.

“His whole body is drenched in sweat, but he does not stop working hard, instead showing concern for the health of the other workers.”

Other non-propaganda commenters have guessed that Kim has gout, which runs in the family, as well as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol partially brought on by an excessive cheese habit. The North Korean dictator is known to send representatives around the world in search of high-quality cheese after acquiring a taste for it while studying in Switzerland. In fact, some rumours have gone so far as to suggest that Kim got so fat from eating cheese that his ankles simply gave out.

Meanwhile, the rest of the impoverished country continues to starve.

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UN Official: Better to Put Down the Fork and Pick Up a Cigarette

Food Tax Cigarette

According to an investigator with the United Nations, unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to global health than cigarettes and governments should move fast to tax harmful food products.

Olivier de Schutter, special rapporteur on right to food, told the World Health Organization’s annual summit that governments should launch negotiations on a global pact to tackle the obesity epidemic.

“Unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco. Just as the world came together to regulate the risks of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diets must now be agreed,” he said.

Two years ago, in another report to the rights council, de Schutter called for similar action, encouraging governments to tax unhealthy products, regulate fats and sugars, crack down on advertising for junk food, and rethink agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy food cheaper. But apparently nothing happened and people just kept eating.

“It has been two years since my report on nutrition and the right to food, and ten years since the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its Global Strategy on Diet Physical Activity and Health,” he said. “Yet obesity continues to advance—and diabetes, heart disease and other health complications along with it. The warning signs are not being heard.”

Will anything change this time around? Probably not, but Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation are on WHO’s side, calling for greater regulation of the food industry. The two organizations said governments around the world should impose compulsory rules for the food and drink industry, similar to tobacco regulations. These rules could include pictures on food packaging of damage caused by obesity (similar to those on cigarette packets), reducing the levels of salt, saturated fat and sugar in food, improving food served in hospitals and schools, imposing stricter advertising controls, and educating the public about healthy eating.

Apparently global deaths due to obesity and general fatness rose from 2.6 million in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2010. Still, are fatty foods really worse than cigarettes? Just think of that awful stale cigarette smell… then again, a 500lbs man with Taco Bell gas probably smells just as bad. Verdict: it’s a tie.

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So Long Trans Fats, Hello Nanny State!

Trans Fats Child

U.S. regulators have taken steps to ban the use of trans fats, citing health concerns. Translation: Americans are way too fat.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery-clogging oils that cause heart disease and obesity.

“Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not ‘generally recognized as safe’ for use in food,” the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

After examining the scientific evidence, the FDA concluded that the use of trans fats was a threat to public health and that a ban, which would require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, could prevent 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks in the U.S. each year.

The regulatory agency opened a 60-day comment period before the move can become final – so if you love trans fats, you have 60 days to give your input. If the proposal does turn into a full-out ban after the 60 day period, PHOs would be considered food additives and could not be used in food unless regulators authorized it.

Public health campaigns warning Americans about the dangers of trans fats and the 2006 requirement that trans fat amounts to be listed on foods have already prompted many food companies to begin phasing out the heart-clogging oils, which are typically used as a way to improve the shelf life or flavour of foods. Still, trans fats are commonly found in many processed foods including microwave popcorn, desserts, frozen pizzas, margarine and in restaurants that use the oils for frying.

If you want to get your fill of trans fat before the ban comes into play – there’s only one place to go: Long John Silvers. The fast food chain’s Big Catch fried fish meal comes with 33 grams of transfat – all for the low price of $4.99. The only catch? It might kill you.

Big Catch

Via: The New York Times

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Trick or Treat? Step On The Scale First.

Trick or Treat Halloween

A North Dakota (or possibly Minnesota) woman is handing out delicious Halloween treats to children this year. Unless you’re a fat kid – then you get a trick in the form of a condescending letter.

The woman, known as Cheryl, has taken childhood obesity into her own hands, deciding to give a letter instead of candy to Halloween trick or treaters that she feels are “moderately obese.”

Cheryl called in to radio station WRIG and explained her plan.

“I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight… I think it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ’cause all the other kids are doing it,” the woman said.

So instead of handing out healthy snacks to everyone, Cheryl is going for the judgmental letter that singles out the moderate to extreme fatties.

The letter reads:

“You [sic] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. My hope is that you will step up and parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.”

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Well, at least the festive jack-o-lantern softens the “your kid is a fatass” blow. Thanks clip-art!

As for Cheryl, this Halloween she can expect to receive a lot of toilet paper and perhaps some flaming bags of dog poop.

Via: Raw Story 

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Oreos Are Just As Addictive As Cocaine… And Other News

cookie-monster Oreos

Attention lovers of Oreos: you are now considered recreational drug users.

A new study by undergraduates at Connecticut College (sounds very legit) has found that Oreos are just as addictive as cocaine and morphine. The lab rats especially loved their creamy white filling – who wouldn’t? The completely unverified and poorly thought out study was meant to show how high-fat/ high-sugar foods can be addictive and “may present even more of a danger [than drugs] because of their accessibility and affordability. Moral of the story: we should concentrate less on the war on drugs and more on the war on obesity. First step: more Biggest Loser spinoffs. Globe and Mail

250124-130715-alexei-navalnyWhile the rest of Russia is out beating up Dutch diplomats, a Russian appeals judge overturned a sentence for anti-corruption crusader and blogger Aleksei Navalny, handing him a suspended sentence instead of five years in prison. Navaly was sentenced in July on embezzlement charges to 5 years in the gulag but still managed to run in Moscow’s mayoral election last month while his case was being appealed. Navalny placed second in the race, garnering an unexpected 27 percent against the Kremlin-backed incumbent. The opposition leader is now free to roam the streets – as long as he stays within Moscow and doesn’t utter a bad word about Putin.  USA Today

ted_cruz2Even Ted Cruz’s hometown hates him. Ted Cruz’s hometown paper, the Houston Chronicle, took back their endorsement of him on Wednesday, criticizing his role in the government shutdown and polticial deadlock. The editorial, which reads “Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?”, calls for the return to the principles of Texas conservative Kay Bailey Hutchinson, whom Cruz beat in the primary. But mostly they miss her because if she were in the Senate, Ted Cruz would not be in the Senate – and that’s a win-win for everybody. Houston Chronicle

Syrian-RefugeesBulgarians have taken a chapter out of the Minitemen’s playbook and announced plans to build a 30 km, $3.4 million fence on its border with Turkey to stop those dirty illegal Syrian immigrants from getting into their country and creating a refugee crisis. Over 6,800 foreigners – 70 percent of them Syrian – have entered Bulgaria illegally since the beginning of this year but Bulgaria is so poor that it has only been able to formally grant refugee status to 17 people. Another 965 have received humanitarian status that allows them to leave the shelters but not the country and the rest are camped out in cramped reception centres. Maybe if they spent less money on building border fences, they wouldn’t be so poor… AFP

Erich-Priebke_2699777bWhere’s the Westboro Baptist Church when you need them? The coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke is in limbo after his funeral, scheduled to take place south of Rome, was called off amid scuffles between angry protesters and Nazi sympathizers. Priebke died under house arrest last week while serving out his sentence for being one of the SS officers who killed 335 Italian men and boys at Rome’s Ardeatine Caves in 1944. Priebke admitted his role in the massacre, but he never expressed any remorse. What a prieck. An Italian military airport is now holding the 100-year-old body of Priebke, because no one really knows what to do with him at this point.  BBC News

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And the Title of the World’s Most Obese Nation Goes to…. Mexico!

Mexico Obese Nation

“We’re #2, we’re #2!” Americans everywhere shouted as Mexico waddled past them to take over the title as the world’s most obese nation.

According to United Nations report released Tuesday, Mexico is now the leader in obesity rates – out of populous countries. If it were out of any old country, the South Pacific ones would definitely win. Those are some obese islanders!

Anyway, the report details how nearly 33 percent of Mexicans are now obese and 70 percent are overweight (don’t worry Americans – you’re not far behind at 32%! – just keep piling it in!) Childhood obesity is especially rough in Mexico – it has tripled within the past decade. Diabetes is also a huge problem with 70,000 deaths in each year caused by weight-related diabetes and more than 400,000 new cases diagnosed annually. The weight crisis disproportionately affects the young and the poor.

‘The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,’ said physician Abelardo Avila with Mexico’s National Nutrition Institute.

‘In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It’s a very serious epidemic.’

Why do Mexicans keep eating and eating? For starters, the country’s restaurant culture promotes foods that are fried and high in calories. Fast food chains have spread rapidly since the early 1990s. Then there’s also the money issue: healthier options tend to be pricier. And of course, the Coca Cola addiction.

‘Because of a lack of money and food, people go for more energy-intense foods. These are often high in sugar or fat. People drink Coca Cola as if it was water in order to have the energy to carry on – and so many of the foods are rich in carbs, are full of cheese or are fried,” Mexican resident Sally Neiman says.

‘There is no control in schools to what kids eat this days, it is normal to see a kid having a soda for breakfast and eating ‘comida chatarra’ (junk food), it is allowed to be sold in schools.’

‘There really is no clear information on nutritional facts in this country and people with poor education are not aware of the risks. They believe the energy a Coke or a fatty food will bring to them is beneficial in order to help them get through the day.’

Mexicans do get their fill of Vitamin T though: tacos, tamales and tostadas.

Wait a minute…I think I know what’s happening here… it’s not the tacos or the tostadas, it’s that only the fit Mexicans are able to jump the barbed wire immigration fence into Arizona! All the fat Mexicans are left behind, driving up the obesity rate and all the fit Mexicans are living it up migrant worker style!

Via: CBS News

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