Less Priviliged

My cook and I have had a love-hate relationship. He has hated me that is. He thinks I am completely crazy. I have stopped eating and that makes no sense.  Intermittent fasting? To a cook that is sacrilege. In the recent past, I noticed his demeanor change toward me. On enquiring, I learnt that he has been getting calls from people in my city and beyond to ask what we eat. High quality carb is what he has told them. Yesterday, the walls broke down and he asked me to help him with his diet plan. He said, I also want to lose my belly fat. I feel lethargic and unhealthy.

Spare a thought for those among us who don’t have access to high quality organic food purchased or sourced from say a Whole Foods. I can speak with some knowledge about India, but I know this is true elsewhere as well. Their meal consists largely of rice or chapati and potato. Much like what my food used to look like in the past. If you are in a more developed country, the meal could look different but is probably a high carb meal. My cook argued with me that he is on his feet all day and therefore needs the energy. I just needed to point to his very generous belly in response.

Many people believe that obesity is a disease of the privileged. Nothing could be further from the truth. The worst afflicted are the less privileged. Just look at the visceral fat on their bellies, the worst form of fat possible. In fact they are thin otherwise and just have fat on their belly. This causes long term ailments including diabetes and cardiac diseases.

I have won new found respect with my cook. I hope to change his life for the better. Please try and attempt the same with anyone you know.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.