- by Nadia ‘Sassynadz’ Akram -
Back in March this year, The Mail Online published a graphic chart revealing ‘The Fattest Countries in the World’. This sparked an outrage in Trinidad and Tobago as according to the chart they were shockingly ranked the 3rd fattest nation in the world, with their results for the average female BMI rocketing at a sky high 30.6 (generally speaking, a BMI over 25 is considered overweight). Jamaica fared only slightly better, with the average for a female being 29.8. It may also be surprising to learn that the UK, which has worryingly rising obesity levels, was 26th on The Mail’s list.
The backlash of anger from Trinidadians was immense, with much ridicule and disbelief. Whilst many strongly dispute that the chart’s findings are accurate, what was most interesting were the multitude of reasons (or excuses) given for the population’s weight gain.
Well, with summer finally here, and the new years resolutions to lose weight long gone out the window, many of us may well be feeling down at not having stuck to our diets, not having used that expensive gym membership, not being able to fit in to the glamorous swimsuit we bought months ago when we had good intentions and the pre-booked holiday was still far away…and so on. Never fear though! Suck that stomach in!
Here is our list of reasons we’ve compiled to perhaps explain those extra pounds: