Vol 26, No 2 (2011)

November Issue

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15605/jafes.026.02

Cover Page

There is a yin and yang to obesity, a fat belly in the orient has usually been a sign of prosperity, health, wealth and happiness. But now the bad side of being obese has come to the forefront. Adipose tissue, specially in the belly, is now considered a large endocrine organ engulfing the body with food and bad chi - hormones which counterbalance the drive to indulge or the drive to fast, to gain or to suppress the appetite. Obesity is a problem of pandemic proportions and its roots in Southeast Asia whi;e sharing commonalities with other Asian and Western cultures, has its unique genetics and more diverse cultural, dietary and culinary heritage. Much is to be done to solve this complex problem of obesity, the approach has to be uniquely ours. There are many miles to go, but we have to take the first steps.