Guys & gals, I won't even begin to pretend I know the answer to "Global Obesity". I would like to reinterate some points already made and possibly add another or two:
Providing for the family, (eating) can be, and is, an economic issue for most. But, that does not neccessarily mean that, low to moderate income, families must eat un-healthy. There are healthy, modest priced foods. These foods may not be as inticing as the "Chef-boy-R-dee's" though. But I can attest to being raised healthy in a low-income home. My mom spooned beans, taters and soups on my plate more times than I care to remember. God love her!
Secondly, I'm 47 yrs old. I remember vividly studying the REQUIRED courses in health & nutrition in the public school system. No excuses there.
Thirdly, there are persons that, due to their personal health issues, whatever they be, have problems with "overweight". Some of you have told us about your own issues. This type thing is REAL. Make no mistake. Some sweet people have REAL problems with weight.
I've done this. Take a stroll back in time. Do a search on vintage photographs. Whatever subject suits your fancy, be it farming, swimming, whatever. You don't have to go back very many years. Actually, just one generation will show the difference. The genral populace was thinner, only one generation ago.
Our obesity is not a product of evolution. Our obesity is not due to lack of education. Our obesity is due to general change in lifestyle. One major change is less manual labor. Our housewifes have dishwashers, clothes driers, and many other things to make life better. (This is just an example, use your imagination to come up with others. I love housewives! God bless them!) We have conditioned climate wherever we go. (Automobiles, homes, work-place, etc... all conditioned. We don't even sweat anymore)
We are compulsive about satisfying ourselves, beyond healthy. Food is one area that we do this. "ALL-U-Can-Eat" buffet? Good gosh!
Human's have always had a natural desire to make life better. From the stone-age till now, there has been a tremendous amount of progress made to better the human life. The sad thing is, the scales started tipping the other way in the last century. In the natural human quest to make life better, we have reached a point that we are now un-healthy people.