i/4 of brits and a 1/3 of americans are obese. wow! I don't think White tea is really going to help much. Until people change their attitude to their diet, obesity will continue to rise.
It is not all diet. There are many factors affecting weight. One of the primary factors is low thyroid function, which is on the rise in particular from the use of chlorine and fluoride in our water systems. Both displace iodine from the body. Stress is another factor due to both cortisol induced glucose rises and thyroid suppression. Then there are various medications that are well known for causing weight gain such as Prednisone, estrogen replacement drugs, antidepressants....... So we need to stop blaming people for being overweight due to their own accord.
There is also another often overlooked factor because of its misleading nature. And that is the use of synthetic sugar substitutes such as aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet, etc). They promote these as zero calorie and lure people in making them think that these will help them lose weight when in fact it does just the opposite. These synthetic sweeteners actually raise blood sugar levels that also mean they are not diabetic safe as is claimed. The glucose rise leads to an insulin spike, which in turn promotes fat formation. In addition these artificial sweeteners stimulate the appetite and make you thirstier. So not only do you eat more, but you also drink more and likely both what people will go for to eat and drink will contain even more of these artificial sweeteners. The food companies really have a racket going with this garbage. But promote it falsely as a zero calorie or low calorie product, diabetic safe, and an aid for weight loss and the public will buy it with few checking the product for safety. They just assume the FDA has already done that for them.
I do disagree with you a little, heaven forbid lol. I know alot of things cause weight gain, but you just have to see the bad choices people make. If people pig out on biscuits, cakes etc then they are not helping themselves. You can't blame it all on medications etc.
I do blame somebody, not sure who, putting temptation out there. Some small supermarkets have nothing but booze, soft drinks, biscuits, chocolate and sweets, and crisps. A very small amout of the stuff we all should be eating.
I am not saying that poor eating habits is not a cause of obesity. What I am trying to point out is that there are OTHER factors that not within someone's control. For example, should we blame people with Prader Willi syndrome, which is a genetic disorder causing a hypothalamic dysfunction that prevents them from ever feeling full? And what about someone who has to be on immune suppressing Prednisone due to a organ transplant. Prednisone can put on all sorts of weight. Same thing with estrogen replacement therapy that many women take to control post menopausal hot flashes. Premarin in particular is considerably stronger than the body's own estrogen. And estrogen causes weight gain by causing water retention and fat cell enlargement. So a person could be eating a real healthy diet and maintain that diet, and then go on Premarin and put on weight like crazy. And we don't have a choice about the chlorine and fluoride in our water, which can suppress the thyroid. We do have the choice to filter these compounds out with an R/O system, but this only limits our exposure and not everyone can afford to do this. So all I am saying is that we should be careful about judging others because we don't know their medical history or situation.