Many of you may not know this, but the Obamacare bill also has $15 Billion dollars wrapped around for obesity issues. So the questions become these: (1) Do we have an obesity epidemic and (2) Is government the solution?
My wife Genia had struggled with her weight for the last several years. Like many Americans, especially women, she had tried various types of diets. Sometimes these resulted in temporary weight loss, but they always resulted in the weight coming back. Plus, none of them allowed her to eat what she really liked. Finally, in frustration, she decided to listen to me.
Weight loss or gain has a simple solution: Calories Intake vs Calories Output.
If you are purely concerned about weight, then it doesn’t really matter what type of foods you eat. What matters is counting calories. This has been known forever, but with the “health food industry” in full swing, we have been conditioned to forget that. We have been taught that you must use fitness programs, visit expensive dietary clinics, and so on – ad nauseam.
Once Genia started counting calories and burning calories, the weight dropped quickly. She is in much better shape, feels better, and can eat what she wants in the right proportions. For instance, if she wants to eat a big plate of spaghetti, then fine. She knows she has to walk or jog or exercise more to burn the extra calories.
It is working so well that she got her good friend and neighbor to try the same thing. Jasmine had struggled somewhat with weight loss too. Guess what? Same results. Both of them will now get in the pool with their bikinis on – without being embarrassed. I have to admit that I’m thrilled too. I’ve always thought Genia was very sexy – but now even more so.
What does this have to do with politics? Well, if you subscribe to the quasi-socialist model permeating our country, then you would think that government is the only thing that can fix our obesity problem which has magically appeared only in the last few years. Oddly, the first childhood obesity program was started in the 1930’s by Dr. Hilde Bruch in New York in the 1930’s. She observed a lot of “really fat” kids.
“..really fat ones, not only in clinics, but on the streets and subways, and in schools.” Dr. Hilde Bruch – New York – The Great Depression
Now the federal government has teamed up with HBO to produce the documentary “The Weight of the Nation” which argues for…wait for it…government intervention!
I don’t think our government representatives are typically a model of good health…Just look at Al Gore.
Interestingly, according one MIT trained mathematician, farming policy changes in the 1970s may be partially responsible. This makes sense when you think about it. We have over-produced which has driven the cost of food downward on average. When did the explosion of fast-food take place? In the 1970s and 19080s – and look where we are now.
When there is more food available, we tend to eat more. Yesterday, I posted an article about EBT and crawfish. This is purely anecdotal, but if you go to any grocery store around the 1st of the month and watch the EBT purchasers, guess what? The vast majority of them are not starving whatsoever. All you have to do is look at the waist-lines.
Another trend that has probably contributed is the changing role of labor in our workforce. According to the study, the daily expenditure for work-related activity has dropped nearly 100 calories per day since 1960.
On the whole, we are NOT a starving nation. Do we have an obesity epidemic? I’m not sure I’d call it an epidemic, but we are obviously more comfortable with more inches around the waist. If you want to lose some pounds – calories in vs calories out.