About half of Thailand’s 349,000 monks are either overweight or obese. They rely solely on alms from the faithful and must consume what they are offered before noon each day. After midday, to keep their energy up, many rely on highly sweetened beverages, including energy drinks.
New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they have too high of a BMI and there has been cases of people rejected because of their weight.
A morbidly obese woman refused to get free weight-loss surgery offered by the NHS because she didn’t want to lose the £75,000 in disability benefits she was receiving.
In 1990, the most obese state in America (Mississippi, 15%) still had a lower rate than the least obese state in America today (Colorado, 21%).
Men are more likely to be overweight than women, but women are more likely to be severely obese than men.
Dubai has a weight-loss contest called ‘Your Child in Gold’ where individual participants win one gram of gold for every one kilogram (~2.2lbs) lost, and double reward for families. The contest is aimed at combating early obesity and raise awareness on the disease.
Nikola Tesla openly expressed disgust for overweight people. Once, he fired his secretary solely because of her weight.
A morbidly obese Houston man managed to sneak a pistol into a jail by hiding it in his fat folds, before admitting it to the police many hours later.
The body fat of a 440 lbs woman caught fire during cremation and almost destroyed the entire facility. Because of this, new crematories are being built to hold individuals weighing up to 1,000 lbs.
Today, more people worldwide suffer from obesity (1.3 billion) than hunger (900 million).