Sunday, July 12, 2009

When Average becomes Normal


Of the 1,000+ Samoans I have tested, 70% of the women and 49% of the men are obese. The average woman in Samoan is 196 lbs, 5’2”; the average man is 206lbs, 5’7”. This corresponds to 35% having diabetes and 30% hypertension. It is a fat nation suffering from the effects of obesity, yet how does one make Samoans aware that what they see all around them is not normal?

To complicate matters, Samoans feel they are different from Westerners. They make the comparison based on what they see on TV, movies, and the backpacking type of tourist common in Samoa. When I speak, who am I to refute what seems normal all around them?

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