Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Saudi Arabia's Burger Boom... and Obesity Epidemic

Isn't it weird how American food always fattens people up? Saudia Arabia is not a poor country, they always had plenty of food in the last 50 years. So why when food comes from here, it fattens people up? Growth hormones in the meat?


  1. I doubt it's growth hormones. While this is described as 'American food', the ingredients will likely be sourced from the existing cheapest available source in the region - so it's probably the same cows as would have been used to make traditional Arabian food, and certainly the same restrictions on what hormones/medications can be given to food animals would still apply. I think it's the marketing that positions American instant-gratification consumerism as the new 'normal' - whatever, however much you want, at any time, stuffed with sugar and salt - that does the damage.

    1. I don't know about that, I don't think normal people just start pigging out for the hell of it. Most normal people just want to eat when hungry. I don't see a cultural factor spreading this fast and impacting people physically so quickly.