I had me a belly laugh at the incredible stupidity of a CNN article by an author named John Sutton, a liberal for sure based on the stupidity that passes for intellectual and cognitive reasoning of this article, where he, of course, tries to make the illogical and ridiculous point that Mexico is now the country with the largest obesity problem and it is the fault of capitalism/America. And from the level of stupid in the comments that agrees with him, I ascertain that this “blame America” tactic, seems to be part & parcel of the left’s dysfunction. From the article:
CNN) — Experts are putting forward all sorts of reasons Mexico recently became more obese than the United States — and one of the most overweight countries in the world. Poverty, tacos, urbanization, soda. Those are the widely discussed culprits. And they, along with the choices people in Mexico make, are no doubt part of the story.
But there’s an uberfactor here: Mexico’s neighbor to the north. Could one reason for Mexico’s growing, deadly obesity problem be that the country is unfortunate enough to share a border with the United States — land of the Coke, home of diabetes?
I started thinking about that issue after seeing news bounce all over the Internet that nearly a third of Mexicans now are obese, compared with 31.8% of Americans, according to a recent report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Maybe U.S. trends such as fast food, fried food and soda drifted south.
Really? What about our neighbor to the north? The got the same problem as the ones to the south? I know that the liberal psyche would love to blame America for all the world’s woes, but this is beyond stupid. Look, the fact that our understanding of obesity is limited, and have no doubt it is, leads to all kinds of idiots spouting nonsense about why it happens, but if you have to have a fundamental and basic reason to ascribe obesity to, make it prosperity. In well-off societies, people will have far more access to foodstuff – forget the quality of said food for now while also doing far, far less toiling. Personally I prefer obesity over starving to death, but maybe I am the one being dumb about this shit.
Let’s start with a general statement that this problem is far more complex than the “blame America” idiots on the left want to pretend it is. There are so many factors to consider. Evolution, prosperity, technology, sedentary life styles, diseases, and so on. Blaming America, and especially capitalism, like the lefty author and the commenters isn’t just stupid, it is evil. Think about that mentality. If the problem is capitalism, then what these people are saying is that it is too dangerous to leave your average person to make their own decisions, and/or that said persons are better off in a society that’s stricken by poverty. Really, that’s the argument these fucking retards blaming capitalism basically boils down to.
Personally I abhor the solutions people that believe capitalism is the problem are left with. You either have a society that’s kept poor so people can’t get enough to eat, a totalitarian state that controls what and when you get to eat, or, as we have seen historically, a combination of both, as evidenced by the scourge of collectivism that plagued mankind for the past century or so. Go ask the North Koreans if they would prefer to be capitalists and worry about being obese, or if they are cool with what the anti-America/anti-capitalist crowd seems to imply is the better model. They are starving to death in that prison state. So, no, the problem isn’t capitalism or freedom to choose (and choose badly), it is something else.
I posit that the issue is primarily because evolution has not caught up with our incredibly fast leap to prosperity. Man spent millions of years adapting to be a hunter-gather. Because of the caloric toil on that lifestyle, it’s not too hard to believe nature genetically favored those that would be attracted to the foods that provided the most calories. Our propensity to like fatty, high energy (sugary) foods, is a built in natural phenomenon, and a necessity to survive a lifestyle that was so rigorous and strenuous. Genetic changes take millennia, but in a few short centuries man managed to not only eradicate their food problem in prosperous and free societies, but also completely do away with the strenuous and rigorous lifestyle. Exercise is now something we pay money to go do, while food is so abundant and easy to get that what bothers or worries us is if Twinkies would no longer be around so movies like Zombieland would no longer be culturally relevant. Shit, the leftists even convinced us to turn corn, a major food staple for many societies, and the prime on for the Mexican one we are discussing, into a fuel! How crazy is that shit?
Yeah, I am well aware that there are places on this planet where people still battle hunger, but those tend to be places where either freedom & prosperity are non-existent or illusions, or the economic hardship is otherwise self-inflicted. People do not starve in our modern world because food is not abundant enough. That’s no longer a concern with modern agricultural and husbandry practices. In fact, the animals least likely to go extinct are the ones that end up on the human plate. Starvation happens because food is used as a weapon, or because poverty, be it self-inflicted or otherwise, tends to push people to consume unhealthy processed foods that taste good but are terrible for people leading sedentary lives. That second issue even occurs in prosperous societies. And that’s what’s got Mexico in trouble and gaining weight.
I recently saw a program on TV where a doctor, a guy in great shape, dealt with the topic of diabetes. This doctor, whom got diabetes himself, was pointing out how he used to believe the disease was caused by obesity and the bad habits associated with getting obesity. Now, after he ended up with diabetes himself, he is no longer sure of that connection. In fact, he is leading research now which shows that obesity might be caused by people’s propensity for diabetes, and that the weight gain is associated with the body trying to fight of the insulin deficiency that causes diabetes. This is novel thinking, and if correct, revolutionary stuff.
Other research out there is now also showing that obesity is likely caused by the processed foods we eat disrupting the natural bacteria that help our bodies break down food, leading to excessive fat storage instead of calorie burning, even when people lead relatively active lives. Of course, the biggest problem is that free people can and will make bad choices, and said choices have consequences. If you choose to eat processed, heavy, fast foods for practically every meal, and also in between, like most people given the choice will, and also do not do enough exercise, you are going to gain weight. But given the choice of starving – because we live in a “collectivist utopian society” that can’t produce enough food due to the idiotic adherence to the ridiculous and ineffective central planning doctrine that permeates the left’s ideology, and/or worse, controls what we are allowed to eat and when we are allowe dto eat – and gaining weight, because we have too much food & the freedom to eat whenever and whatever we want, I think most sane people would pick the latter.
Collectivists that blame capitalism and America for the effects of prosperity are stupid. That’s the point, I guess. People are getting obese because prosperity has handicapped evolution. People that want to blame the mechanism that brought us prosperity need their heads examined. And no, they are not looking for a happy medium. These are the fuckers that think it is the duty of the credential elite to control us serfs, because we are too stupid to make our own choices and live with those consequences. But they mean well. Fuck them all.