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JOHNSON: Obesity ‘epidemic’: It’s no big, fat deal
The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Drew Johnson

Posted on 06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A British medical journal announced a finding last month that might be the best news in the history of the world: Nearly one out of three people in the world is overweight.

Members of the media responded to this thrilling discovery by lamenting the globe’s growing waistline. Pundits rushed to condemn widespread access to inexpensive food. Everyone seemed so excited to attack obesity that no one noticed the report’s incredible story of human achievement and hope.

Throughout history, malnutrition and hunger-related health issues have killed more people than any other cause. Over the course of the past half-century, however, the development of high-yield, disease-resistant crops, modern irrigation methods, and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides combined with improved transportation systems and the explosion of market-based economies throughout the world have made food far more plentiful, affordable and available than ever before. As a result, the world produces enough food to feed every person living today.

Even those who can’t afford food commonly have access to several meals a day through devoted charities, generous individuals and public-assistance programs.

Now, when people die of malnutrition or starvation, it’s almost always a result of war, political unrest or failed government policies that mismanage distribution of crops or food.

The tremendous advancements made in farming and food production have turned obesity into a bigger threat to humanity than starvation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even refers to obesity as an “epidemic.”

If obesity is an epidemic, it’s too bad there aren’t more like it. This epidemic is the result of so much available food that most people in the world can eat what they want, when they want. The consequences of this epidemic include a dramatic reduction in childhood deaths from malnutrition, better health across the globe and greatly increased longevity.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abundance; famine; food; health; hunger; nutrition; obesity; starvation

1 posted on 06/15/2014 7:34:44 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 06/15/2014 7:35:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The propaganda on this is so bad that I now cannot find clothing in my size as nobody carries it anymore.
Apparently, they all believe that there are no people 5’5”, 123#, with a 29” waist out there anymore.


3 posted on 06/15/2014 7:41:50 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
This epidemic is the result of so much available food that most people in the world can eat what they want, when they want.

First, this is not an epidemic because obesity is not a disease. Second, the current rate of obesity is not because of the availability of food but prevalence of processed food which appeals to the senses but does not satisfy nutritional needs.

But most importantly, it is no ones damn business...especially the government!

4 posted on 06/15/2014 7:42:08 PM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Darksheare

you’re kidding right??? My daughter has no problem finding clothes to fit her and she is 5’6” 127 lbs with a 28 inch waist....


5 posted on 06/15/2014 7:51:02 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Much of the problem, maybe all of it, is due to the drastic change in wheat, through Hybridization...it is no longer your grandma’s wheat. The plants are short and stubby, growing only 18”...nothing like the past.

On the good side, yields are up 10-fold, so like the article says, there’s more than enough food for everyone. On the bad side it’s basically poison to the human body, because of the rapid chemical changes due to the cross-breeding - there are new proteins and chemicals that humans have never seen before and the body does not like that - and the results show it.


6 posted on 06/15/2014 7:52:01 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The truth is that obesity, not just overweight, may to a great extent be attributable to our intestinal flora, the viruses, bacteria, archaea, and other microorganisms and parasites.

At least one Phylum, the Firmicutes, and 26 species of bacteria in the human gut microbiota, and the entire genus of Enterobacter appear to be linked to obesity and related metabolic complications, with obese people having flora that instead of having hundreds of dominant strains, only have a limited number that take up most of the space.

Add to that a species of archaea, that are not bacteria but look like them. It consumes waste gases that are waste products from digestive bacteria, waste that inhibits bacteria, and thus digestion. So the archaea make your digestion more efficient.

In addition, Human adenovirus 36 (HAdV-36) or Ad-36 or Adv36 is one of 52 types of adenoviruses known to infect humans. AD-36 is the only human adenovirus that has been linked with human obesity.

But there are other bacteria associated with weight loss, such as Akkermansia muciniphila. If we can discover just the right combination of bacteria to subtract from the flora, and that which to add to the flora, much of obesity can be eliminated.


7 posted on 06/15/2014 7:55:13 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: Nifster

Nope.
I keep having to tell stores near me “order the darn pants! 29 x 30 shouldn’t be hard to find!”
If they are there, they are those testicle crushing tight jeans.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 7:56:56 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: BobL
I've read Wheat Belly, too. Wheat is only one of the things making us fat, however. There are also other carbs (potatoes and the like), all the frigging sugar that is in everything, etc. They all conspire to make you a fat, hungry b@st@rd.
9 posted on 06/15/2014 7:58:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

But truth doesn’t scare anyone, or empower tyrants, so what good is it?


10 posted on 06/15/2014 8:00:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Darksheare

Apparently you’ve never heard of most major retailers and/or “junior” fashion stores.


11 posted on 06/15/2014 8:04:18 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It is SUGAR.

I cut sugar and grains out of my diet, but I haven't gottten my family to join in. I could not find hamburger buns without High Fructose corn syrup.

12 posted on 06/15/2014 8:04:46 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Obesity = people eating too much and not doing enough work to burn it off. It is very simple.


13 posted on 06/15/2014 8:08:11 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Darksheare

My younger son is 5’8, 118 pounds. It has always been difficult to find clothes for him.


14 posted on 06/15/2014 8:08:49 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: workerbee

Yeah, they don’t have jeans that I’d wear.
I don’t want pants with holes in them for fifty bucks.
Nor do I want funky colors.
Just gimme plain Jane pants, 29 x 30 relaxed fit, no gimmicks, no horrid prices for something that says “Mudd” on it, just plain pants and keep them in stock.
And the issue described is with the following: sears, JC penny, Macy’s, Walmart, target, Kmart.
Those are my choices in immediate area.
And they never have my size in stock.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 8:09:22 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yep, I agree. But I do think it’s worst, as we haven’t adapted to it, and it’s changed massively from what it was. Get the wheat out and you’re making big progress, get the carbs down too and you’ll likely win.


16 posted on 06/15/2014 8:11:44 PM PDT by BobL
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To: exDemMom

Good grief! FEED the poor boy!!

;-)


17 posted on 06/15/2014 8:14:15 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: exDemMom

Yeah, don’t you love it?
But we’re all “obese” according to the news.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 8:14:15 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Historically being fat meant you were wealthy, now it just means you have an EBT card.


19 posted on 06/15/2014 8:17:05 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, all of this “freedom” sounds great, until we get the bills for expensive medical care and our society pays a (VERY high cost) for shortened work lives. I don’t have a “right” answer here, but if people want to eat themselves silly and weigh 400 pounds, good for them; but don’t expect me to be very happy about paying for your food and medical care, which, in most cases, will be the result.


20 posted on 06/15/2014 8:17:46 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Correct, carbs are satanic. Meat, eggs, butter, saturated fat will cure the obesity epidemic. The low fat high carb diet the gov recommends is the main cause of the obesity epidemic. The food pyramid needs to be reversed.


21 posted on 06/15/2014 8:20:14 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate...

Paul Ehrlich, the Population Bomb, 1968

22 posted on 06/15/2014 9:09:01 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 06/15/2014 9:22:11 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: The Antiyuppie
Oh, that is a load of horse manure. The increase in girth is more than compensated by the decrease in smoking. The increased cost of medical care is due precisely to the increased length of the average life expectancy. Prior to modern medicine and modern farming death was early, often, sudden and away from the hospital. Today death is rare below 70, long in coming and most often in the Hospital or Hospice.

Face facts, People are living longer and better lives well into their eighties and nineties and a large percentage of these people are over weight, even obese. Many having few if any problems with health not seen by their less chubby brethren. Yes, instances of Type 2 diabetes are higher. Much of that may be due to the over all increase in sugar consumption and weight, but it also may be due to the fact that more and more people are living to the age that these diseases become more prevalent.

Only a few decades ago it was uncommon to live past 65. Now it is uncommon NOT to live past to 75. The average life expectancy is almost 80 years old in the U.S. and that is for a society of every race and ethnicity in the World. For White Americans life expectancy is in the early eighties. For Asian Americans it is higher yet. As for some ethnicity's, African Americans for example it is lower, but still way higher than it was just a few short decades ago.

When social security was adopted benefits began at 65 and the average life expectancy was 62. Now it is uncommon not to collect far more In benefits than a person could ever pay in. Often people are collecting for two or even three decades.

The article is absolutely correct. A little extra, even a lot of extra, weight is a much more healthy position to be in that that of malnutrition and starvation. Starvation and malnutrition where the norm in most countries just a few decades ago and it was even a reality in this country during much of the early 20th Century.

24 posted on 06/15/2014 10:35:42 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Darksheare

Got it.... Customer service ain’t what it used to be


25 posted on 06/15/2014 11:02:59 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Yeah.
The one store had a manager tell me to just wear a size too big halfway down my backside because “everyone else does.”
My response was somewhat rude, I admit.


26 posted on 06/15/2014 11:06:21 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: FatherofFive

It really is amazing how many processed foods have a lot of added sugar (especially HFCS). It’s my understanding even the french fries at some fast food places have added sugar to make them more palatable.


27 posted on 06/15/2014 11:57:04 PM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: HerrBlucher

Bingo! You have nailed the cause of the epidemic. Our grocery stores are filled with carbohydrate based foods. It is the carbohydrates that are killing us.


28 posted on 06/16/2014 12:02:36 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Paging Paul Erlich, paging Paul Erlich!

“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate,” he said. He predicted four billion deaths, including 65 million Americans.

“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people …”


29 posted on 06/16/2014 3:44:47 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: Vince Ferrer

And I think he’s still on the loose spewing nonsense.


30 posted on 06/16/2014 3:45:20 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: DemforBush
It really is amazing how many processed foods have a lot of added sugar (especially HFCS).

When you take fat out of food (for the mistaken belief it reduces heart disease) it tastes like cardboard. So food processors started adding sugar. And obesity, diabetes and heart disease continue rise.

Eliminate refined sugar, grains, and processed foods.

31 posted on 06/16/2014 4:13:41 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: bboop

Obesity = people eating too much and not doing enough work to burn it off.

...this is the only post necessary on this topic..


32 posted on 06/16/2014 5:10:40 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: FatherofFive

Eliminate refined sugar, grains, and processed foods.

...an overly simplistic bromide, that will not work for everybody...as indeed there is no such universal panacea...


33 posted on 06/16/2014 5:13:23 AM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: HerrBlucher
Not sure about satanic as I am a great fan on hydrocarbon bonds in most forms, especially gasoline.

Fats have been reduced by a fad but the body loves them and they satiate hunger far more than carbs.

Fats in foods get replaced by carbs that do not satiate so you tend to over eat carbs.

34 posted on 06/16/2014 6:15:50 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: Darksheare

Perhaps you could find them online?

You know exactly what you want, what size and everything.

Just a thought.


35 posted on 06/16/2014 6:21:33 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Darksheare

A rude answer to a rude suggestion is highly appropriate. I wear EEE width shoes and they are very hard to find even though you could buy them in any tiny little store in a one horse town fifty years ago. One joker in a shoe store tried to tell me that since they could not furnish a size eleven triple E I should just wear a size twelve D width. I looked him straight in the eye and said, “Oh, so too long makes up for too narrow, right?” He looked a little taken aback but I didn’t care, I only have so much tolerance for absurdity. I am on the other end of the scale from you, I am six four and double your weight PLUS ten pounds and wear pants size 38waist x 34inseam. I have always wanted a pair of insulated coveralls for occasional cold snaps we have here but they don’t make any to fit me. I can buy the extra tall size and the legs are long enough to get caught under my shoes but the crotch to shoulder measurement is about three inches too short so I can’t straighten up without feeling as if I am being neutered. Apparently they have never heard that some men have shorter legs and longer bodies than others the same height.


36 posted on 06/16/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Darksheare

I am glad I haven’t ever run into that store ‘manager’.....it would not have ended well....

Have you tried any online ordering? Or maybe getting some bespoke slacks (made to order)


37 posted on 06/16/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: dmz

That has been the only viable option so far.


38 posted on 06/16/2014 9:48:41 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Nifster

Yeah.
Only viable option so far.


39 posted on 06/16/2014 9:52:36 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Clinton’s carb/grain heavy “food pyramid” makes you look like a pyramid. Who knew?


40 posted on 06/16/2014 1:03:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: The Antiyuppie; GeronL
Well, all of this “freedom” sounds great, until we get the bills for expensive medical care and our society pays a (VERY high cost) for shortened work lives.

IF that is the criteria by which we judge others then no way in HELL should schools be pushing homosexuality as a lifestyle choice on youths.

Homosexualists die at far younger ages and HIV/AIDS medications don't come cheap.

41 posted on 06/16/2014 1:06:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Darksheare

I hear you. That is what I do for my son-in-law every year... He is very tall and very thin and trying to get a 34 inch inseam matched with a 27 inch waist just seems to only come from special orders


42 posted on 06/16/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT by Nifster
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