What If Obesity Wasn't About Junk Food, But Malpractice?
Overweights have often been shamed by the medical profession for their bad eating habits, but could it be the medical world is to blame for the Obesity epidemic?
a kid, in the seventies, I lived in California. Junk food already existed. McDonald’s was booming. TV diners were the craze. And strolling down the aisle of the Marina Safeway in San Francisco, I can still recall entire aisles of freezers filled with Rocky Road ice creams and other sweets, and see my mom filling in the trolley for our family of six.
On weekends, or during the holidays, we would drive North of San Rafael to our swimming club, the Ann Curtis swimming club. Very found memories emerge, my Dad was still around. May be I was oblivious, diving from the board, or trying to imitate my older brother’s splashing can-openers, but I don’t recall anyone overweight or obese. Same when we’d go to Stinson beach or walk down Union Street. Overweight folks were rare then.
Sodas were around. I’d drink tons of Mountain Dew, Grape Welch or Seven Up. We’d storm the ice cream truck when he’d come along the pool fence, and plead our mom for one of those artificial flavored and colored icicles. Even, if my mom fed us very well, we ate ice cream and burgers. Everyday, my lunch-box held a mayonnaise tuna sandwich or a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. We drank sodas and ate bag loads of candies collected at Halloween. Mind you, those were pre-organic pre-sugarfree days. Nonetheless none of us were even close to overweight. And apart from a cavity, our health was pristine.
Whatever happened? Why didn’t kids and parents eating junk in the seventies get overweight? And why are they now?
The gene pool hasn’t changed. That’s a fallacy.
One or two generations simply aren’t enough.
Many of us tend to fall back on finger pointing.
It’s got to be their fault if they are overweight.
Let’s go back to the Seven Deadly Sins… Glutony!
Glutonny fits well with being overweight. Makes sense.
The righteous crowd is prone to be virtue signaling. “I’m in the camp of good. I am not overweight unlike these shameful sinners”. Righteousness is the best of smokescreens. Blaming sugar and poor eating habits as the root cause seems like an evidence.
No one would or could ever deny. The media and the medical community love leveraging that dark aspect of human nature.
The perfect fall-guy, as if our bodies were incapable of regulating it all, taking what’s needed; storing some, just in case winter is tough, and rejecting the rest.
Our bodies have evolved for that.
A healthy body should be able to take what it needs from the food it ingests. Something is off.
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