Posts Tagged ‘Tonga’

Kai Mate, Revisted

December 16th, 2011

Readers may recall that the islands of the South Pacific such as Tonga and Narua have the highest rates of obesity in the world. Readers may also recall that a correspondent of ours in Tonga reported on their slogan, Kai Mate, which means “Eat until you die.” So, it should come as no surprise that a Holiday Inn in Fiji has this holiday ad:

Kai Mate

July 7th, 2011

Recognize the phrase? Well, if you did not you are forgiven. It is common in Tonga, an island in the South Pacific (find Hawaii and trace a line due south.) Tonga has a serious obesity problem. It is not alone. Many of the countries of the South Pacific have significant obesity problems which are producing major stress on their health care system. See the video. It may be a picture of life in the United States in the years to come. By the way, “Kai Mate” means “Eat till you die.” Thanks to our friend who is now in Tonga with the Peace Corps (and a former diabetes researcher) for the local insight.