There is always a silver lining to every cloud. The dark gathering clouds of spiraling food prices and runaway inflation too have a silver lining for all the millions who are suffering from obesity. If experts are to be believed, inflation in the prices of food commodities would result in considerable dietary changes of the populace.
Reduced food intake by billions of people worldwide would result in significant drop in the average weight of people the world over. With the food crisis worsening, experts predict that there will be huge drop in waistlines within next 5-7 years.
A significant side-effect of food shortages, consequent inflation in food prices and reduced obesity will be that over-indulgence in food will be a luxury very few people in the world will be able to afford. This could possibly result in obesity becoming some sort of status symbol, a fashion statement and a symbol of prosperity and wealth in difficult times. People will flaunt their big bellies and butts in the way they flaunt cars or jewelry. Fashion experts are already predicting that fat around the waist and buttocks will soon become very trendy and people who can afford to be fat will start wearing clothes that will enable them to show-off their water-melon shaped bellies and thunder thighs
According to Rohit Bal, Delhi-based fashion designer "In the coming times, flat bellies would be seen as sign of food deprivation and most people with thin bellies would prefer to cover them up. Sales of saris would see a big drop, while baggy pants and pyjamas would make a comeback"
Rohit has already doubled his daily food intake in order to prepare himself for the rapidly changing fashion scene. He has also started designing new line of designer wear for the status-conscious, rich and obese clients that will enable them to flaunt their adipose tissues. For the less-endowed unfortunates, he recommends padded clothes that can create the fashionable fleshed-out look.
Apart from the usual problems that are associated with rising food prices like millions of starvation deaths, some sociologists are concerned with another looming crises that will affect every household worldwide. Millions of men who are used to lying when asked by their spouses whether they look fat, will now be required to reverse their answer and answer 'Yes dear'. While reversing the answer may sound quite easy, difficulties may arise if the wives instead ask "Do I look thin?". Husbands will need to train themselves to think for a minute before answering any question about the waistlines of their wives.