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Evolution led to obesity pandemic
The Scotsman ^ | September 4, 2006 | Michael Perry

Posted on 09/04/2006 10:50:50 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Evolution and the environment, not just gluttony, has led to a global obesity pandemic, with an estimated 1.5 billion people overweight -- more than the number of undernourished people -- an obesity conference was told on Monday.

The mounting epidemic of obesity in children would see many die before their parents, said Kate Steinbeck, co-chair of the 10th International Congress on Obesity in Sydney.

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McGill, senior lecturer in Population Health at the University of Auckland, said humans were designed to maximise their energy intake because their large brains used about one-quarter of their total energy expenditure.

"Early humans sought energy-dense food with high levels of fats, starches and sugars. We are genetically programmed to find foods with these qualities appealing," said McGill.

"However, highly energy-dense Western diets have had many of the flavour and micronutrients processed out of them. The artificial replacements in starchy, fatty and sugary foods make them over-palatable and easy to eat quickly."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.scotsman.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: blameevolution; christianmythology; crevolist; evolution; evolutionasscapegoat; fat; mythology; myths; obesity; superstition

1 posted on 09/04/2006 10:50:52 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

He blew it! They were just about to blame it on "global warming" and he took it away from them.


2 posted on 09/04/2006 10:52:03 AM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: capt. norm
There is data to suggest that obesity is showing up where there is no civilization. Such as islands in the South Pacific.
3 posted on 09/04/2006 10:53:43 AM PDT by Perdogg (My friends say I should act my age - What's my age again?)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Another example of Survival of the Fattest?


4 posted on 09/04/2006 10:54:53 AM PDT by BillT
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To: DaveLoneRanger
So being fat has more to do with evolution than eating too much??? Absurd.

Excuses, excuses, excuses... We have no personal responsibility for our behavior.

5 posted on 09/04/2006 10:55:30 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Forth Century)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Obesity pandemic? Does this mean Angelina will be visiting McDonalds taking away Happy meals for attention now?


6 posted on 09/04/2006 10:57:02 AM PDT by Screamname (A second plane has just hit the second tower, this is a coincidence. - Katie Couric, Sept 11th 2001)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
I bring my kids to McDonalds 3 times a day and they are healthy and chubby.

"Get me everything on the menu, put it in a bucket and put eggs on top!"

7 posted on 09/04/2006 10:59:06 AM PDT by Screamname (A second plane has just hit the second tower, this is a coincidence. - Katie Couric, Sept 11th 2001)
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To: MaestroLC

Personal responsibility plays a large part, but i think the point thats trying to made here is that evolution has led to certain traits that encourage eating fatty and sugary foods. When I bite into a steak and say "mmmm" its not because i like the taste of the protein, but rather the fat. Early humans who were nomadic absolutely needed as much fat/sugar as they could get and thats a very plausable reason as to why we enjoy eating those particular things so much.


8 posted on 09/04/2006 11:01:06 AM PDT by muryan
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Ya, it's gluttony AND sloth.....

Over fed, over induldged, under exercised, no responsiblity, did I mention spoiled?


9 posted on 09/04/2006 11:03:21 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Sonebody has to say it.....

Bush's Fault!

10 posted on 09/04/2006 11:08:14 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Perdogg
A few years ago I read about an island in the South Pacific that was experiencing an epidemic of diabetes. It seems that the people there were the survivors of famine in their past, and so were predisposed to diabetes. Now they were addicted to deep-fried turkey butts and were suffering from the effects of their diet.
11 posted on 09/04/2006 11:10:07 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: muryan
Early humans who were nomadic absolutely needed as much fat/sugar as they could get and thats a very plausable reason as to why we enjoy eating those particular things so much.

Actually, our caveman ancestors needed as much fat as they could get for metabolism and to retain as much body heat as possible during cold weather. The human body can survive without additional sugar (especially sucrose or high fructose corn syrup) and overconsumption of these items, in the "modern" diet, is the real cause of obesity.
12 posted on 09/04/2006 11:11:17 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: DaveLoneRanger
"Early humans sought energy-dense food with high levels of fats, starches and sugars ...."

"Ugh! Look, Wog! There go energy-dense antelope with high levels of fats, starches and sugars! Ugh!"

13 posted on 09/04/2006 11:11:52 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

I believe a big part of the problem is that kids do not get as much exercise as they did a generation ago.We had loads of junk food(candy,cokes,twinkies,etc..)available when i was a kid,but i don't remember obesity being a problem back then.As far as evolution is concerned,putting on weight(adipose)did assist in survival,especially in colder climates like Europe.Excess adipose was stored during times of plenty and the stores were used by the body during times of scarcity(winter,famine,etc).


14 posted on 09/04/2006 11:16:00 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Fiddlstix

To: DaveLoneRanger
You missed out with "it's Bush's fault".
It's Clinton that promoted and showcased fast food and followed up with fattening himself.
Just one big difference.
Clinton as part of the rich and wealthy was able to get the best surgeons for his heart and now the best shrinks to get him off snacking.
What a difference wealth makes.


15 posted on 09/04/2006 11:20:57 AM PDT by hermgem (The same)
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To: BillT

Best one-liner I've seen so far on the thread.


16 posted on 09/04/2006 11:27:24 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

A remarkably silly notion.

It seems fairly clear that obesity decreases one's reproductive fitness, even leaving aside the problem with early death due to heart attack or stroke: who wants to get it on with a lard tub?


17 posted on 09/04/2006 11:28:19 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

If obesity is due to evolution there is nothing anyone can do about it. Have another burger and milk shake. Oh, and super size that.


18 posted on 09/04/2006 11:29:56 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Thombo2

Sure being fat helped. Until the predators started chasing.

"Grog no have to run faster than animal. Grog only have to run faster than you, fatso. Bye-bye."


19 posted on 09/04/2006 11:36:55 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger ("Good guys" aren't always "nice guys".)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

We DO have the world's fattest poor people, right here in the good ol' U.S.A.!


20 posted on 09/04/2006 11:48:51 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help m)
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To: MaestroLC

Obesity is more a bodies reaction to bouts of bing eating with bouts of starving. The body turns off the "furnace" it uses to burn energy when it interprets periods of non-eating as meaning food stores are sparse. We've moved away from a foraging diet with increased technology, resulting in longer periods between meals and fewer of them. Humans use to have to forage for food all day long, and eat when they found food. The amounts eaten were generally small, but there were many meals each day. This is the most efficient means of burning fuel for energy the body needs to operate. Nothing, or very little was stored as excess. Today, most people eat mainly three meals a day, and usually over do it. This is especially true when eating out. The long periods between meals is interpreted as a food shortage, the body slows down metabolism, and food is stored as fat for later use. The huge amounts of sugar we now have in our daily staples doesn't help this process.

If one wants to lose weight go to eating five or six times a day, eating small amounts each meal, and increasing your exersize (weight training for three days each week, cardio for three days each week.) regiment. If you want to maintain, just change to the diet plan above (exersize is still important). Using this approach to my weekly regiment I lost between 50 and 60 lbs, and kept if off for more than three years.


21 posted on 09/04/2006 12:03:05 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Father of an American Soldier)
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To: MaestroLC
We have no personal responsibility for our behavior.

Is that the royal "we" or do you have a tapeworm?

22 posted on 09/04/2006 12:23:01 PM PDT by thomaswest (Just curious.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Diets actually cause obesity.


23 posted on 09/04/2006 12:26:40 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: JimRed

Does anyone know what company if Segway Inc. is publicly traded?


24 posted on 09/04/2006 12:37:08 PM PDT by kcar (The UN Sucks)
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To: kcar
Does anyone know what if Segway Inc is publicly traded?
25 posted on 09/04/2006 12:38:22 PM PDT by kcar (The UN Sucks)
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To: muryan

My father was a farmer/rancher. In his later years, he would laugh about how fat many of the younger farmers were. It wasn't the the younger farmers ate more or even different than their fathers had. It was a change in activity level.


26 posted on 09/04/2006 12:41:08 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Obesity Rise Spurs Call for Action

The latest statistics continue to show an increase in obesity among Americans. At last count, 31 states showed an increase in obesity compared to the last estimate. The data comes from an annual random sampling of adults via the telephone.

The trend toward a fatter America has been labeled a crisis by some and has inspired calls for dramatic reforms aimed at combating the problem. One organization promoting a healthier America is the Foundation Lobbying Against Bloat.

Marjorie Lass, chairman of the group says the government must take the lead. “People can’t be trusted to control their own appetites or work-off excess calories,” said Lass. “The choice must be taken out of their hands.”

Lass suggested a number of reforms that his organization is pressing the government to mandate. These include the following:

1. Mandatory annual physical check-ups. Anyone found to be obese will be required to join a gym and attend daily fitness training classes. Those who fail to comply with this voluntary program will be sent to a “boot camp” run by ex-Marine drill sergeants.

2. Domestic food audits. Health Department officers will conduct random checks of refrigerators and pantries. Foods designated as insufficiently nutritional or containing excessive quantities of fat will be confiscated. If any of the residents are deemed obese they will be required to join a gym (see #1).

3. Change the building codes. Restaurants doors will be narrowed to 18 inches. Drive-thrus will be outlawed. Supermarket carts will be prohibited. All parking will be abolished.

“We’ve tried warnings and informational approaches, but people are still overeating,” said Lass. “It’s time for some ‘tough love.’“

Lass said his group’s thinking has been influenced by the government’s steps against tobacco use. “Smoking used to be considered a personal choice, but people abused that choice by not making wise decisions,” Lass observed. “It’s the same thing with obesity. People have been making unwise choices. We need to narrow the range so that only healthy choices are left.”

read more...

http://www.azconservative.org/Semmens1.htm


27 posted on 09/04/2006 12:58:39 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Obesity epidemic is due to the fact that Food Tastes Good--It is plentiful--it is cheap

Was no obesity epidemic during the Great depression


28 posted on 09/04/2006 1:47:57 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"Sure being fat helped...."Yes it did.Not too long ago(few hundred years and longer)putting on weight could have made the difference between life and death and therefore by default,the ability to pass on ones genetics.


29 posted on 09/04/2006 2:07:08 PM PDT by Thombo2
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY

--Diets actually cause obesity.

I don't know..I put on a lot of weight when I quit smoking then went on a fat-free diet and lost 30-40 pounds and hace pretty much kept it off by watching what I eat. That's been at least ten years ago.


30 posted on 09/04/2006 5:03:44 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: DaveLoneRanger
The mounting epidemic of obesity in children would see many die before their parents, said Kate Steinbeck, co-chair of the 10th International Congress on Obesity in Sydney.

While much of this concern is justified, the statement above is alarmist horse $#!t that is unbecoming of a scientist. She is implying that obesity would take 25 years or more off an average lifespan, which is pure bunk. The average difference in life expectancy between obese and non-obese people is surprisingly little; 2 to 3 years at most. I suspect we won't even see a net dip in overall life expectancies, as gains elsewhere offset any effects from increased obesity.

31 posted on 09/05/2006 3:22:53 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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