America is no longer especially fat

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  1. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Here is an interesting documentary about how other countries are fat now, too. Looks at Mexico, China, Brazil, and India.

    While the footage is great, the "expert" commentary is of course very biased in their call for nanny state solutions. Also blame of corporations. But aside from that bias, I find the video and the subject of global obesity fascinating :)

     
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    Good thing big is beautiful now, eh?
     

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    Glad they can no longer make fun of us for being fat.
     
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    I'd like to see the fat-America stats broken down demographically. I read once where Latino and AA's tend to be more prone to obesity and the changing demographics of the US is a big factor in our "obesity epidemic."

    I made it 2:30 in when the woman was blaming the US for world obesity. :upeyes: They had obesity and heart disease in Ancient Egypt for crying out loud!

    Good. Something else the world can hate us for. :rofl:
     
  5. Huaco Kid

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    America made me so fat that I feel I now have a right to free McFoodstamps.

    It's gots electrolytes.

    Everybodygotstimeforthat.
     
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    I thought that the Germans have always been ranked first on being a fat population?
     
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    I actually go to Canada and gorge on thick bacon smothered in syrup and poutine from Timmy's.

    Then I waddle back across the border and blame it on Minnesota.

    That way, the poor Americans can have easier access to calories.

    They'll never figure it out.
     
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    It's not really surprising. People are doing less physical work and have access to cheap food supplies that are calorie dense.

    And yea, people need will power and certainly I'm not trying to say that overweight people (myself included) don't have themselves to blame because ultimately we do. However it is scientific fact that the human body craves calorie dense foods and over time our tastes have evolved to make us enjoy sugar and fat. Originally this was a survival trait, these days it's working against us.
     
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    There are overweight, obese, and obeast people. The US falls into the last category.
     
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    Most Americans are fat because of growth hormones in the meat. The hormones make the chicken, cattle, pig, or whatever grow bigger at a faster rate. When people eat the hormone laden meat they grow fatter. Now our hormone laden food is being shipped to other countries, and they are getting fatter.

    Plants and fish that are genetically engineered to grow faster probably also add to the problem.

    In some countries being fat is a sign of wealth.

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    People are fat because they eat too much.
     
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    I warned you to ignore that commentary, and just enjoy the footage :)
     
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    Wait... So you're saying weight gain = calories in - calories out?
     
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    Sounds crazy, I know.
     
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    No. People are fat because they eat too much and work too little.
     
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    I think this type of documentary and cross-national, historical, comparison shows that.

    It ain't genes. It ain't medical conditions. Change the availability of easy fattening food and watch an entire country go suddenly chow hound and obese.

    Except we've all always been chow hound, just haven't had the opportunity to exploit it enough to make ourselves quite so fat, on quite so large of scale. Now we do have that opportunity.

    You, human, have the opportunity to eat enough to be fat. So, what are you going to do? Get fat or resist and don't get fat?

    Personal choice. Confronted with it you are.
     
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    This. There has never been a society where we've had an abundance of food and no need to burn calories.

    In fact, my informal observation suggests that the poor are more likely to be fat than the rich! How's that for human history.
     
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    A major item that is present everywhere you look in the typical American diet is corn syrup in addition to sugar. When I food shop I do my best to buy products without either of these ingredients. It takes me a lot longer to food shop, but if it helps keep my weight down it's worth it.
    Another issue I have is when a "food" item has a list of ingredients a mile long. When I see that I immediately put it down. If everyone did the same, the producers of such crap would get the message.
     
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    I've brought this fact up several times on this forum. Also, about half a dozen small nations like Tonga stomp is in obesity rates.

    I'm proud to say that I've been a real truth warrior at debunking the myth of the US being the fattest nation.
     
  20. NeverMore1701

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    We'll be sure to add that to your long and impressive list of accomplishments.