Kuwait, Musings, News

Congratulations, Kuwait: Not Only Are You Fat, You’re Also an Environmental Hazard

Okay, forget the world’s mass dependance on oil. Forget the insane levels of toxic, industrial waste we pump into the air. Forget the fact that the Arctic is pretty much melting at the speed of light now. Forget all that.

Because now that Kuwait is in the news (once, twice, thrice) for its damn near suicidal eating habits with very little signs of slowing that train down (Cheesecake Factory, what hath you wrought?), I’m thinking its time to try a different awareness approach.

That’s right: I’m going totally rogue and playing the environmental card.

Because, as it turns out, the real problem that the environment faces today is fat people. Yup, our ever expanding hindquarters are going to make a mess of this planet very soon if we don’t change things. How wonderful is that news? So on top of having your mother’s (your nutritionist/your annoying ‘healthy’ friend/your conscience) voice nagging in your ears to opt for the flavor-less ‘Guilt-Free Menu,’ you can now enjoy the added pleasure of knowing that you are actively destroying the Earth. Mmm! Appetizing!

And don’t think that just because you’re not a member of the morbidly obese that this doesn’t apply to you. Because it does. It applies to everyone–myself excluded included.

You see, the total weight of ALL of the world’s population comes up to something near a cool 316 MILLON TONS. Of this unfathomable number, about 17 million tons are due to people being overweight and about 3.9 million tons are due to obese people. Those are freaking tons, you guys. Quantified in MILLIONS. I don’t even know how I can begin to envision these numbers in real-time. Seriously, just trying is starting to give me heartburn.

Now, on a global scale, the average body weight clocks in at about 137 pounds (62 kg) which is an admittedly okay number for us to work with. But if we’re going to be looking at Kuwait specifically then we have issues.

Considering that 61% of all the world’s weight comes from Asia (not surprising since its the largest continent land-wise) and that 13% of the world’s obese weight is also Asian, Kuwait’s consistently high-ranking position on this list of fatty-fatness is nothing short of unbelievable. With nearly 70% of all men ranking among the overweight (according to CNN) in a country which is sizably smaller than most cities, Kuwait is easily winning the coveted position of numero uno as Asia’s fattest country. On a global scale, Kuwait’s obesity quota is perhaps only bested by Ronald McDonald’s homeland–America–which brings in an enormous 34% of the world’s obese weight.

So you’re probably wondering what all this guilt-tripping has to do with the environment. Well, as it turns out, when it comes to environmental sustainability “its not how many mouths there is to feed, its how much flesh there is on the planet.” Because the more you weigh, the more calories you end up using when you move around, and the more calories you use the more of the world’s natural energy resources get used up as well and so, by the transitive property, your weight directly influences things like the freaking ozone.

And on top of the fact that our larger bodies require us to use more natural energy, they also lead to our sedentary lifestyles IN WHICH EVERY HOUSEHOLD HAS LIKE A DOZEN CARS. Which–guess what–leads our weight to committing even more environmental crimes because, if you didn’t already know this, cars have a very big appetite for gas.

So kudos, guys–we’ve totally nailed the ‘two birds, one stone’ concept with this weight deal.

But, hey, don’t get me wrong here. This is not some holier-than-thou attempt to guilt-trip you all into joining a gym (although, you know, do that). Cause the fact of the matter is that, according to the experts, “actually, we’re all getting fatter.” Every last one of us.

I just think that if there is one thing we can ALL take out of this criticism–if “We’re all fat!” is even a criticism–its this: instead of mentally berating everyone who is above 62 kg and calling them a fatty-fat, Earth destroyer, we should all make a better effort towards understanding the larger consequences and the impact of our choices. From how we transport ourselves from Point A to Point B, to the choices we make while waiting in line at KFC (and, hey, that rhymed!). Because, without that deep-rooted, global awareness, we’re always going to find ourselves hovering in the ‘Top 10 List of Global Fatsos’ no matter how many gyms we join, or diets we go on, or stomachs we staple.

Or, you know, we could all just move to Japan instead.

All my love!

Beautiful, Kuwait

WHITExpo: Think Think Think, Give Give Give, and Buy Buy Buy!

Look, who doesn’t enjoy a good deed? (Take a seat if you’re Hades or Gargamel, the evil smurf wizard) Seriously, there are fewer things more enjoyable in this world than knowing that you are participating in an act that, thanks to little ol’ you, is going to possibly draw a smile on someone’s face or make things change for the better.

And when an opportunity comes along for good deeds to be reaped, you know that I’m going to want to share it with all of you.

Enter: WHITExpo.

In a nutshell, WHITExpo is almost exactly what it sounds like. An expo in which items and products are sold by local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Almost.

See, what differentiates this expo from the gazillions of others that seem to crop up like wildflowers during this time of year is the following:

WHITExpo is building the theme and the overall concept of the expo around the worthy cause of environmental awareness. It is committed to making a positive change in the way people perceive environmental health and hopes to create a more proactive approach towards environmental preservation in Kuwait.

Also, there are orphans involved which, if you ask me, is a cause so deeply meaningful that even Atila The Hun could stand to shed a few tears for it.

You see, WHITExpo is going to feature a piece known as “The Make A Wish Tree” from which hangs the wishes of several orphaned children. The purpose of this tree is to allow the visitors of the expo to look at the simple wishes of these innocently heartbroken children and perhaps put a little brightness in their world by making a wish come true for them.

Are you reaching for the Kleenex box yet? (If not, then you’re probably sitting there with that sad pursed lip, wrinkled brow look)

So, sure, WHITExpo is, by most standards, an expo just like any other. Except it has the foresight to not only want to make Kuwait buy, buy, buy (our natural instinct, of course), but to also make it think, think, think and give, give, give.

All my love!

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Once, Twice, Thrice – The Fishy Pattern Behind the Tire Yard Bonfires

We all know the saying: once is an instance, twice is a coincidence, and thrice is a pattern.

Well, with the third freak, out of nowhere, consecutive tire yard bonfire that went down yesterday I can say with a good amount of certainty that we have officially crossed over from negligent coincidence to a visible pattern of events.

And, I don’t know about any of you, but I’m starting to smell some fish up in here.

Now, as a non-Kuwaiti, I’m not going to pretend to know a whole lot about the deep and complex issues of the Kuwaiti parliament. Most of the discussion that goes on in the parliamentarian scene has no direct impact on me or any concern with my life. So I only find myself paying attention to the events of the parliament when it comes to, for example, certain votes they might make about an issue that interests me or that I think has a large impact on Kuwait’s overall community (to which I belong).

All I know is that it has not been smooth sailing lately. In fact, the Kuwaiti parliament seems to have gone a bit Fight Club. But, again, I’m not that knowledgeable on the exact details so I’m not going to comment specifically on any of the recent parliamentarian conflicts.

The reason I bring it up is because I was wondering if anyone thought someone was trying to perhaps draw attention away from the faulty parliament by, oh I don’t know, setting millions of tires on fire every week or so?

I mean, this is nothing but a loose theory on my end which should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt (and which was only brought to my attention last week by a fellow blogger when yet another tire yard fire went down) , but it could be one of the reasons behind what can now be considered a confirmed pattern.

I’ve personally heard a lot of people that have rationalized these environmentally catastrophic and ABSOLUTELY POISONOUS tire yard fires in this way–saying that they really believe this is an inside job meant to act as a kind of distraction. Now, if this is true, and I’m not saying it is, then how horrible of a human being do you have to be to actually okay this kind of action?

Where does it compute in anyone’s head to permanently scar Kuwait’s environment, endanger the lives of hundreds of brave firemen, and expose Kuwait’s people to a number of extremely harmful and noxious substances, just for the sake of achieving the ‘Made You Look’ effect?

It boggles my mind to even consider someone with that kind of a cruel and unbelievably selfish attitude towards their own country.

Regardless of whether or not this does turn out to be a case of decoy-play, we can’t ignore what is obviously happening before our very eyes. Despite any theories we can come up with, three important facts have become clear and are beyond a shadow of a doubt.

That a pattern is emerging; that the level of damage is escalating; and that it cannot continue to happen.

All my love! (Here are YouTube videos of the first fire and the second)