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Revision: Green= Taken out Yellow =Added to paper Saidah McKissick Ms.CarusoENGL 110209 April 2013Memo: As geography major, this topic is nothing strange to me. There are disparities in obesity amongdifferent socioeconomic statuses but what which people are actually the overweight ones? Is thishappening only in America? No, it's happening in Asia, Middle and Latin America, Africa and theMiddle East, as well as Europe. I think it's important for people to know why this is happening and towhom. My audience is mostly anyone that does not have any knowledge of why socioeconomics playsa very large role in obesity; not only in the United States but as well as countries abroad. I think thatmy main target are unsuspecting students because they are more likely not to know anything aboutsocioeconomics.I intend to use a blog, such as one on the popular blogging site Tumblr. Tumblr isnotorious for spreading information that people did not know and informing the uninformed opening their eyes to the world around them.
Wang, Y., and X. Chen. "Socioeconomic Status May Explain Racial Disparities in Diet,Exercise, and Weight."
Socioeconomic Status May Explain Racial Disparities in Diet,
 Exercise, and Weight. Elsevier, 28 Nov. 2011. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.
Obesity: No Longer A “FirstWorld Problem”http://theweightofitall.tumblr.com/ 
Have you ever wondered why people, not only in the United States, are so overweight? Now, has it ever occurred to you that their socioeconomic status plays a part in it. Now, what if I saidthat the amount of money they have is the only a big reason why their waistlines are expanding year byyear. For those out there that think that overweight people are a “first world problem” you are wrongand, in my opinion, will continue to be wrong. Being overweight is more of a problem in moredeveloped countries, but in less developed countries some people are continuously becomingconsiderably overweight. Think about the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il and his son KimJong-Un. Their country, of almost twenty-five million people, is full of underweight and poor citizens, but these men are definitely on the heftier side. The Kims have a lot of wealth so they should besmaller since they have access to more healthy foods and better healthcare. Right? Not really.Does more wealth lead to more excess? In my opinion and research, not so much incertain cases. In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control (CDC), did research that showed that menwith higher incomes tend to be more overweight than men with less income. Inversely, higher incomewomen are less likely to be obese than low income women, but most obese women are not low income.There is significant trend between obesity and education among men. Among women, however, there isa trend, those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.Let's think globally again. In China, within the last twenty years the economy has goneup but the population's health has significantly declined. More and more children are becomingoverweight because parents are spoiling their children since there is a one-child policy in place. So, the
 parents spend their wealth on their children, no matter what their socioeconomic status is, but it is a bitmore prevalent among wealthier Chinese. In urban China, the obesity rate for children went from12.5% to 20% in less than ten years, but in rural China, projected that 1 in 4 children are obese.(WorldTrends) Researchers at theUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hillrecently discovered that Chineseteenagers have a diabetes rate that is four times higher than teenagers in the United States. Besides, theobese children, adults are hit hard by obesity as well. They have given up bicycles for cars andtraditional, healthy Chinese foods for fast foods that can be found at almost every street corner. It isextremely surprising to know that from 1958 to 1961 China had a Great Famine where close to forty-five million people starved to death, but now people are over eating to death.Moving on a little to the west, there is the country of India. We all should know about India and their caste system. Most of the world considers India to be crowded and full of undernourished and poor  people divided into a caste system. It's quite obvious who the more overweight people are India, whichare the middle class. Obesity in India has been dubbed “an affluent affliction.”It's quite obvious whothe more overweight people are India. For diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, India is one of thecapitals .According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, there are more than one billionoverweight adults, at least three-hundred million of them clinically obese. Due to economic growth,most of this shift is occurring. People with greater wealth means that bicycles are abandoned for motorbikes and cars, and work in the fields is swapped for sitting at a desk. In rich countries, the shareof the population that gets insufficient exercise is more than twice as high as in poor ones.(Big Picture)How about the fact that there are more obese people in the world than there areundernourished. The United Nations (UN) has come up with five strategies to try and combat theamount of obesity and the undernourishment in the world. They suggest taxing unhealthy productsregulating foods high in saturated fats, salt, and sugar, cracking down on junk food advertisingoverhauling misguided agricultural subsidies that make certain ingredients cheaper than others and

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