Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fatter than we all thought

Well, here's a factoid I don't think anyone ever saw coming.

More obese people in the world than underweight, says study

Almost 650 million people in the world are now obese, a threefold increase since the 1970s. Not big-boned, husky, pudgy, zaftig, chubby, plump, chunky, or fat, but obese. And they number more than the starving.

For 99% of recorded history, and the hundreds of thousands of years before that, the life of Homo sapiens was a near-constant state of scarcity. Starvation ranked right up there with death in childbirth, war, and plague as the major causes of human death. We are truly dealing with a new era in the history of humankind, one I'm not sure exists elsewhere in biology: accelerating morbidity and mortality caused by, not in spite of, abundance.

Untold billions have been spent on gym memberships, home exercise equipment, personal trainers, FitBit devices, exercise apps, workout videos, low-fat diets, low-carb diets, gluten-free diets, meal replacements, nutrition supplements, kale, counseling, hypnosis, diet sodas, diet recipes, diet books, diet websites, diet journals, diet clubs, diet pills, purgatives, laxatives, and God knows what else. The numbers are only going up.

Does anyone in their right mind seriously believe an extra 25 or 50 cents for a can of pop is going to put a serious dent in those statistics? #timetostartTHINKING

Diatribe done.

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