Calgary Avansino – TRANSCRIPT
So about two weeks ago, I was speaking at a school in California about sugar. And after I was done, a little six-year-old boy, adorable little boy, came up to me and said, “But I don’t have to worry about that because I don’t eat a lot of sugar.”
So I crouched down with him, and I started chatting with him. And I said, “What do you normally eat for breakfast?” And he said, “Well, my favorite thing is white bread with jam.”
And I said, “What do you eat for snack?”
“Usually, a packet of crisps or a bag of potato chips,” he said.
“And what do you like to eat for lunch?”
“Well, usually, my favorite Lunchables pack.”
“And how about dinner?”
“Well, most of the time, I have white pasta with cookies.” “But,” he said, “I’m, like, the healthiest boy in my class.”
So we’re going to come back to this little boy later in my talk. Right now, April 2016, we are faced with this situation: 19 billion people worldwide are categorized as overweight. That means they have a body mass index of 25 or above.
Another 650 million people worldwide are categorized as obese. That means they have a body mass index of 30 or above. Twenty percent of all ten-year-olds in the UK are obese, and another 15% are overweight. And 400 million people worldwide are struggling with type 2 diabetes. Now, that is a very sad state of affairs.