David... you're so not looking at the big picture. If this current trend continues, a whole generation or two will be lost. Considering that we are globally competing against India and China who so far DON'T suffer this epidemic, we will fall farther behind in almost every aspect.
Why the competitive mindset? I though the purpose of governments was to achieve the happiness and wellfare of their population, not to beat others at global control.
I don't think it's that easy.
My niece is a nutritionist at a very fancy private hospital. She meets with every single patient and, after reviewing all of their medical records, gives them a comprehensive diet plan. These are people whose LIVES often depend on them making changes and they still don't change.
Food is a complicated subject.
Indeed. There is a near-infinite number of variables to consider, many of which are not quite known. Different people deal with different kinds of food in different ways, both psychologically and physically.
I think instead of changing their diets, people should just start doing more exercises. Its just as hard to get people to do it, but at least its simpler =)
Off course, doesnt quite work if the person's feeding habits are too horrible.
And there's more and more stuff coming out about the biological baseline differences -- as in, person A might have a physical makeup that makes it much easier to gain weight than person B, even if their environment is exactly the same. (What they eat, how much of it, how much exercise they get, etc.)
Still love Atul Gawande's line, "We are a species that has evolved to survive starvation, not to resist abundance."
Haha, thats true =)
I think that the problem of abundance can be linked back to the problem of starvation... our food doesnt flow right, we have people dying of hunger in some places and people dying of excessive eating in others.
Because we have people dying of hunger, we cant aford to cull the food production: it would make said starvers even more starving. But if we dont cull the food production, the more afortunate literally suffocate is the excess of food made avaible to them... its a ridiculous tragedy =)
Fundamentally the problem is one of economic disparity. The economic disparity in the world encourages the production of excessive food. If the global distribuition of wealth was more balanced we wouldnt need to produce as much excess, consequently food would be more expensive and people would over-eat less.
Off course, im kinda assuming that humans are stupid like dogs and turtles and will eat to death if that possibility is open, but I dont think im too far off =)
I think it doesnt make sense to try to apply legal action, such as taking children way from their parents, to a problem that is so widespread through the populace. I mean, if nearly the entire population of a city takes part in an ilegal and disrupting protest, the police isnt going to arrest everyone. If they are just a few wackos, they will.