I was lecturing in Korea today. My hosts were very lovely. I think they were insulted that I didn’t eat their BBQ today.
But the kimchee, cabbage, and tofu kept me satisfied.
I was lecturing about managing patients for surgery who have sleep apnea. When I showed them old pictures of me, and told them that I used to have sleep apnea, they were amazed. But they were also more understanding of my food choices after I explained that and showed them my passport picture from 10 years ago.
Asia does not have as much obesity as the US. But as it gets richer, consumes more animal meat, and is less active, I’m sure that more obesity will follow in Asians. Especially if folks keep enjoying that BBQ on a regular.