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    Default Obesity in the DR

    Quote Originally Posted by barfly View Post
    Look around the dr , there are few fat people.
    I don't want to take this off topic, but your statement just isn't accurate. Obesity isn't of the order of the US but it is still very much here. Partly diet and possibily a predisposing gene according to endocrinologists, which leads to higher obesity and diabetes. I won't expand but you can read this:
    The PC-1 Q121 Allele Is Exceptionally Prevalent in the Dominican Republic and Is Associated with Type 2 Diabetes -- Hamaguchi et al. 89 (3): 1359 -- Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

    OK back to the topic in hand. El-Profe, would you like to update us on how you're getting on?

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    Thumbs up keeping it real

    Thank u lambada for ur constructive criticism. Yes people of african and latino backround do suffer type 2 diabetes ( obesity related type 2 )at a much higher rate than "whites". So this is a problem in the DR but also there is a significant problem of starvation at the same time. This can typically be seen in the :bloated bellies ( owing 2 a lack of protein in the diet ) and orange/blond hair of many street children and alopecia of hair in these children. But endocrinological esoterica is off topic.

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    45% population is overweight
    Endocrinologist Felix Escano estimates that 45% of the Dominican population is overweight, and that 17% of people who are overweight are obese, as reported in Listin Diario. This compares to 65% overweight population in the US, of which half he said is obese.
    Escano attributed this level of obesity to overeating and a diet rich in fats and sugars. He said the increased high cholesterol and fat levels in blood are causing health problems. He urged Dominicans to adopt a more active lifestyle, and to improve their diet.
    from DR1 News 14th May 2009

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    To prevent further hijack of this thread: http://www.dr1.com/forums/living/911...tml#post757202, I moved the posts about fat people here, if anyone cares to continue discussing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya View Post
    if anyone cares to continue discussing.
    To be honest, not really. I just hate seeing innacurate information. And when it is titled 'keeping it real...........

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    In the spirit of 'keeping it real' I should also point out that there is no 'starvation' in the DR. Malnutrition exists but it is not the same thing.

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    WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
    tHERE r millions of people in the dr who r terribly malnurished the fact that at the same time u have a large population of fat people shows how terribly wealth is maldistruted in the dr. Anyone with eyes can see the bloated bellies, and orange hair of the protein deprived children. And shows how easily people can be distracted by whats going on around them. I detect no sence of outrage on the part of many on this thread....how sad for u people and how sad for the DR. How u can let ur fellow dominicans starve , do nothing about it and in fact deny it exists as if only rich fat domincans deserved ur attention. Sad very sad. May God have mercy on ur soul

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    Quote Originally Posted by barfly View Post
    WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
    tHERE r millions of people in the dr who r terribly malnurished the fact that at the same time u have a large population of fat people shows how terribly wealth is maldistruted in the dr. Anyone with eyes can see the bloated bellies, and orange hair of the protein deprived children. And shows how easily people can be distracted by whats going on around them. I detect no sence of outrage on the part of many on this thread....how sad for u people and how sad for the DR. How u can let ur fellow dominicans starve , do nothing about it and in fact deny it exists as if only rich fat domincans deserved ur attention. Sad very sad. May God have mercy on ur soul
    If you want to communicate a point on a board created to help English language speakers understand the Dominican Republic and be taken seriously then you might want to consider losing the adolescent text message abbreviations.

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    You aren't paying attention barfly. Noone said there isn't poverty, or even malnutrition, and there are certainly inequities. Chiri simply pointed out the scientific fact that malunitrition and starvation are 2 totally different things, and the FACT that STARVATION is basically nonexistant in the DR.

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    The only blonde/redheaded children I've seen in the DR certainly were not malnourished, just injections of northern European in their bloodline. I would bet the average Dominican eats as healthy as the average American/Canadian...etc. I've noticed a great increase in fat Dominicans since my first visit in 1997. The older generations seem to have stayed slim.

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