Obesity, What Obesity?

“If the current trend continues by the year 2030 all adults in the United States will be obese,” warns Dr. Fuhrman. Pretty scary, Dr. Fuhrman goes onto explain WHY this might happen. Take a look:
Americans have been among the first people worldwide to have the luxury of bombarding themselves with nutrient-deficient, high-calorie food, often called empty-calorie. By “empty-calorie,” I mean food that is deficient in nutrients and fiber. More Americans than ever before are eating these rich, high-calorie foods while remaining inactive—a dangerous combination.
Now, you don’t have to be a doctor to notice that Americans make poor dietary decisions. Heck, even comedian George Carlin would agree—Americans love bad food! Here’s one of his classic rants. Enjoy:
Americans love to eat. They are fatally attracted to the slow death of fast food: hotdogs, corndogs, triple-bacon cheeseburgers, deep-fried butter dipped pork fat and Cheez-Whiz, mayonnaise soaked barbecued mozzarella patty melts—Americans will eat anything, anything!
Dr. Fuhrman and George Carlin are onto something. Junk food is ruining our national health. Take soda for example, Americans are drinking more of it, and, paying the fatty consequence. From the Center for Science in the Public Interest:

The empty calories of soft drinks are likely contributing to health problems, particularly overweight and obesity. Those conditions have become far more prevalent during the period in which soft drink consumption has soared. Several scientific studies have provided experimental evidence that soft drinks are directly related to weight gain. That weight gain, in turn, is a prime risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which, for the first time, is becoming a problem for teens as well as adults. As people get older, excess weight also contributes to heart attacks, strokes, and cancer.
So, when you consider all this—and all the other obesity news—how can anyone downplay obesity? Well, Dr. Vincent Marks of the University of Surrey believes, “The obesity epidemic has absolutely been exaggerated.” The Associated Press reports:
Marks is among a minority of skeptics who doubt the severity of the obesity problem. They claim that the data about the dangers of obesity are mixed and there is little proof that being fat causes problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

Such views contradict nearly everything doctors have been saying for years…

…But obesity contrarians say that there's no data proving why being fat — in itself — would be dangerous. "There's no good causal connection," said Eric Oliver, author of Fat Politics and a political science professor at the University of Chicago.

Blaming obesity for diabetes and heart attacks, Oliver says, is like blaming lung cancer on bad breath rather than on smoking. Excess weight may actually be a red herring, Oliver says, since other factors like exercise, diet or genetic predispositions towards diseases are harder to measure than weight.
Oliver and Marks are insane! The American diet primes us for an obesity crisis (and related health problems). Dr. Fuhrman explains, “The standard diet is so nutrient-poor that it leads to a tremendous drive to over eat calories.” Which leads to weight-gain, which leads to obesity—right?
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Jordan - March 10, 2008 2:29 PM

Well, I am not an expert; not in the health field. However, I, too, have wondered about all of this "Obesity causes this and that", when it seems to me that the thing that is causing the obesity (poor diet and no exercise) is the real culprit. The "blaming lung cancer on bad breath rather than on smoking" comment makes me think that this is what he's getting at.

I'm not saying that I think it's not bad to be obese, just that I think the soda is causing the diabetes AND the obesity.

I don't know. Kind of seems like a semantic argument.

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