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What do we know about obesity?

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by SixofNine, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Dunno... One thing this article skirts around is how obese people became obese in the first place, except for a couple of paragraphs:

    I get it that diets aren't the answer, and the article makes one point about the efficacy of persistent, face-to-face counseling. But I still think that most obesity is the result of shoving too many calories into our pie holes.

    Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
  2. Arc

    Arc Full Member

    Except for people with clear serious metabolic conditions overweight is strictly more calories in than calories burned.

    Interestingly, the single best statistical predictor of lifespan in the United States is the fewer calories you eat the longer you live. One of the strongest anecdotal proofs healthy people in their eighties, nineties and 100 or more are almost all thin and have been thin all of their lives. Not surprisingly they have never been big eaters.
  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    I think you are both right. What started happening in the last 10 years is that too many obese folks who are NOT under serious metabolic condition that makes then overweight, are using that as their argument.
  4. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    It's not just that. It's politically incorrect to tell someone they weigh too much. Heaven forbid you deny something to someone because of their weight. You're then crucified by social media and the press.
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  5. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    If you look at older versions of the Food Pyramid, the bottom and biggest layers up until 1980 was fruits and vegetables. In 1980, the bottom turned to carbohydrates (breads, cereals, pasta).

    Dontchaknow, that's when our obesity (and occurrences of Diabetes) levels started climbing. If/when you develop Diabetes, what's the first thing they tell you to do? More fruits and vegetables, less carbs.

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