London, Great Britain (The Adobo Chronicles) – Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.
Researchers found more than 2 billion people – or 3o percent of the world’s population – are now overweight or obese. “It’s pretty grim,” said Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who led the study. He and colleagues reviewed more than 1,700 studies covering 188 countries from 1980 to 2013. “When we realized that not a single country has had a significant decline in obesity, that tells you how hard a challenge this is.”
The good news is that 7o percent of the world’s population is still thin. Murray said there was a strong link between income and obesity; as people get richer, their waistlines also tend to start bulging.
The study then concluded that in order to maintain the “thin-ness” of the world’s population, governments and private employers need to keep incomes low.
The new report was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published online Thursday in the journal, Lancet.
San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – FarmVille is poised to make a huge comeback after it lost its number one spot in social network games to Candy Crush.
FarmVille is a farming simulation social network game developed by San Francisco-based Zynga in 2009. Its gameplay involves various aspects of farm management such as plowing land, planting, growing, and harvesting crops, harvesting trees and raising livestock.
Acknowledging that just like traditional agriculture, FarmVille has become antiquated, Zynga said it was time for the popular game to keep up with modern technology, advanced business practices and raging environmental issues. Zynga said that it will start rolling out FarmVille 3 on June 1.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles what is new with FarmVille 3, a spokesperson for Zynga said that instead of using outdated farm tools and methods, the all-new FarmVille will utilize tractors, generators, high-tech silos, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, greenhouses, computerized irrigation systems, video surveillance systems to watch over livestock, among other things.
“We don’t want to give away everything,” the spokesperson said, “our customers should just check it out for themselves.”
Watch out Candy Crush. FarmVille is out to get you!
Menlo Park, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed today that he will appear before an Iranian Court to face charges of violation of privacy.
A judge in southern Iran has ordered Zuckerberg to appear in court to answer complaints by individuals who say Facebook-owned applications Instagram and Whatsapp violate their privacy, semiofficial news agency ISNA reported Tuesday. It quoted Ruhollah Momen Nasab, an official with the paramilitary Basij force, as saying that the judge also ordered the two apps blocked.
Although there is no extradition treaty between Iran and the United States, Zuckerberg volunteered to appear before the Iranian court to defend himself and his company against the charges.
Zuckerberg is still deciding whether he will appear by Skype or Google Hangout.