The couch potato lifestyle most of us lead increases the risk of diabetes.
The British and the Americans are simply getting too fat, or overweight to be polite, due to too little exercise and too much food.
Basically we are all less physically active and we consume more calories. Calorie intake and calorie output, or exercise, are not in balance, so we get more obese.
Why have obesity and Type 2 diabetes soared over the last several decades?
Our genes are the samen, so that has not changed. Yet there is something about the British and American diet and exercise regime or lack of it that has altered.
There are two main culprits herein: high-calorie fast foods, snacks and soft drinks and the couch-potato lifestyle which revolves around the car, computer and the tv.
The fast food environment encourages you to eat large portions of junk food and there’s also a great deal of junk food in schools: chips, sweets, cookies, soft drinks and so on.
We now live far away from schools so kids don’t walk to school, they are driven. How can people not be overweight?
Research also highlights a link between fast foods and obesity. The May 2005 report on obesity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation states:
that number of American fast-food restaurants was 30,000 in 1970; this figure is now 222,000. During the same time period, obesity in the USA has become an epidemic. Adults who eat fast food more than twice a week gain 10 pounds more than those who ate it less than once a week, and their insulin resistance increased twice as fast.

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