Fat Attack

Fighting Flab

Fighting Flab

A kilogram of human fat would almost fill an entire 1.5-litre plastic bottle. An extra 5 kilograms of flab is like carrying an additional 5-litre plastic bottle of fat on ones stomach or thighs. Frighteningly, every other person in Poland is obese. According to the forecasts of the World Health Organization, there will soon be 2.3 billion overweight people in the world, while 700 million will be obese. What is the difference between the two? Being overweight is diagnosed when body weight divided by squared height equals 25-30. Any value above that is classified as obesity. People become fat because they consume more energy than they actually need. This worrying trend has reached tragic proportions and the pandemic causes more deaths than Ebola. Every year obesity, or its consequences, kills 2.8 million Europeans, which equals the joint populations of Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław and Poznań. Being overweight can lead to diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. Obese people often suffer from lower self-esteem, anxiety and even depression. Investing in one’s health is certainly worthwhile as slim people live longer and are generally happier.
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Why Do Poles Not Read?

Not Polish?

Not Polish?

Six million people in Poland do not read at all. This means that the average Pole shares his country with six million illiterates who wish to push their bad tastes on everybody else. Unfortunately, we live in a world which is designed to fulfil their needs. Within the last year 58% of Poles did not read a single book. One in five did not read even one piece of writing. These people make do with knowledge delivered to them in the form of flashing TV images or internet memes. How can this be changed? “It would be good to associate literature with pleasure,” says Jacek Tomczuk, author of “Escape from Wisdom” (Ucieczka od mądrości), an article in which he attempts ro answer the question why Polish people do not read.
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Polish Younger Generation

Polish Entrepreneurship

Polish Entrepreneurship

The financial position of young people in Poland can serve as a reference for the economic situation in general. The way in which the younger adult generation deals with the cost of living displays not only the present situation, but also what the future entails. It shows whether they can earn enough to make ends meet, to put aside money for buying a house or investing in the future. Research confirms that the financial situation of young people in Poland is difficult. Despite the fact that around three-quarters of Poles aged 18 to 35 years are employed, only half of them have full-time jobs and as much as one-third is not able to sustain themselves. Each household spends PLN 2,120 a month, whilst their average income is PLN 2,699. This means that they only have a disposable income of PLN 579 (to spend on clothes, shoes, home appliances, hobbies or investing in the future) every month. The living conditions and qualifications of Poland’s young adults not only reflects the economic nous, entrepreneurship and competitiveness of Poles, but also their ability to attract new foreign partners.
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Islamic Radicals in Poland?

What is Salafism?

What is Salafism?

German Salafists, one of the most radical Muslims groups with alleged connections with terrorists want to begin converting the Polish people. “We are already working on it”, said the head of the group. It turns out that there are already quite a large number of Polish emigrants in the ranks of the German Muslim group. “It’s not a joke,” says Sven Lau, one of the best known Salafists in Germany, “We want to take the message of our merciful God to Poland. And we are able to do it,” he continues. The conversation with Lau takes place in Wuppertal, a city in the Ruhr valley with a population of approximately 300,000. Sven Lau, a 34-year-old convert to Islam, established his own mosque in the suburbs this spring. In September, together with eleven radical Muslims, he led a march of the ‘Guardians of Public Morals’ through the city, which was the first of its kind in German history. On reaching the centre of Wuppertal he told people to refrain from going to clubs and amusement arcades. He distributed leaflets reminding people about the fact that according to Islamic Sharia law alcohol, smoking, loud music, pornography and prostitution are prohibited. The ‘Sharia patrol’ enraged Germans, as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere who demanded that Lau and the Salafits should at once be pacified. However, these were only empty threats. The ‘Sharia police’ did not break the law. They only contravened the Gathering Act, because the Salafists did not inform the local authorities about the march.
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Fewer Deaths, More Births in Poland

Someone's Been Busy

Someone’s Been Busy

For the first time in years more children were born in Poland. In 2014, there has been an increase in births of approximately 4,000 in comparison with 2013. “The citizens of Poland have reason to be happy as there has also been a significant decrease in deaths,” we read in Metro. According to Central Statistical Office (GUS) data, 183,000 children were born in the first half of  2014, which is 2,000 more than in the first half of 2013. If the trend continues, this will mean more than 4,000 newborns this year compared to last year. GUS researchers believe that this could be an effect of the growing interest of the authorities in the improvement of the demographic situation in Poland. This includes one-year parental leave, cheaper preschools, in vitro fertilisation, housing programmes for young couples and greater benefits for children. Moreover, for the first time in years, GUS has observed a decrease in the number of deaths. In the first half of 2014, 188,000 Poles passed away, which is almost 13,500 people less than in 2013 during the same period. It is therefore possible that there will be a demographic increase (more births than deaths) by the end of the year. “Yes, there is a chance,” admits GUS employee Artur Satora. He calculated that life expectancy has been increasing for approximately six years. The reason is that increasingly more people are taking care of themselves by eating healthily and living a healthy lifestyle. The average Pole is living longer,” said Artur Sarota.

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Easier Marriages

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot

The new Registry Office Act makes it possible for people to to get married outside the registry office and give their children foreign names. These changes are expected to come into force in 2015. According to the Ministry of Interior, the 1986 Act, which is currently in force, does not meet the standards of transparent legislation because most of the regulations require modification due to social and legal changes as well as technological progress. According to the new act, from 2015 couples will be able to get married outside the registry office building, but in a place that does not deprive the ceremony of seriousness and importance whilst guaranteeing the safety of all participants. Couples will have to pay for the organisation of such an event. In mid 2013, when the government was working on the bill, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said it was all about meeting the expectations of young couples who want to get married in a less official way. At present, you can only get married outside the registry office in specific situations, for example, when the bride or groom is in hospital or prison. According to the new act, it will also be possible to give children foreign names, which will be particularly important for mixed marriages and immigrants receiving Polish citizenship. However, you will not be able to give children more than two names, diminutive names, ridiculous or indecent names.
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Pola Negri Polish Queen

Pola Negri

Pola Negri

Apolonia Chałupiec was born on 3 January 1897 in Lipno in (the region of) Kujawy. Several years later she became Pola Negri, the actress who conquered Hollywood and broke the hearts of many men. Her life is a mystery and even her exact date of birth is unknown. The birth date given on her tombstone is 31 December 1899, but other dates are also given: 22 December 1896/3 January 1897 (two dates were required in Russian-conquered Kingdom of Poland – one date followed the Julian calendar, the other the Gregorian calendar). Pola’s father was exiled to Siberia when she was a little girl. In 1902 she moved with her mother to Warsaw where she attended ballet school and acting classes. Her talents were quickly noticed. She borrowed her surname from Ada Negri, a popular poet of the time. On 1 September 1912 she performed Clara in “Maiden Vows” at the Teatr Mały in Warsaw. Then, in 1914, she made her début in the film “Slave of the Senses”. A few years later, she moved to Berlin. Her most noteworthy movies were in German, such as “The eyes of the Mummy Ma”, “Carmen”, “Madame Du Barry” and “Sumurun”. At the age of 25 she left Berlin and set off to conquer Hollywood. Pola Negri was a breath of fresh air bringing something new to Hollywood. Her career flourished particularly in the 1920s. She was in more than twenty films, earning an incredible $1m a year.
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