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Forum Post: I've been meaning to explain my position on obesity for a while now.

Posted 3 years ago on Nov. 29, 2014, 12:04 p.m. EST by StillModestCapitalist (343)
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Most of you by now, are probably aware that I have serious issues with gluttony and obesity. I see them as resource wasting detriments to society. But I also realize that every member of Western Society without exception has one vice or another. The majority have more than one. Some have many.

I suspect that a few of you have been offended by my comments regarding gluttony and obesity. This in part, may explain why I have gone from one of the most popular OWS users ever receiving dozens of mark-ups every day back in 2011 to hardly tolerated in 2014. It's not that I give a rat's ass about popularity. But I do want to explain my position and hopefully mend a bridge or two.

My issues with gluttony and obesity have never had a damn thing to do with anything other than life sustaining resources, quality of life, and the rising cost of healthcare. In fact, I had no issues whatsoever with either until 10-12 years ago when they finally became impossible to ignore.

The way I see it, every member of society has a right to vice. We are all human and far from perfect. Vice is a simple fact of life. The problems with gluttony and obesity are not that they are anywhere near the worst of vices. They do not necessarily render the individual any less competent, moral, worthy, deserving, capable, or even attractive. Not in my book.

The problems related to gluttony and obesity are that they have become the most common of all vices. Otherwise, they would never have become such detriments to society.

With 2/3 to 3/4 of Americans now eating considerably more than necessary to sustain health, our country has become primarily responsible for the high cost of food worldwide. We have already caused billions to go hungry and hundreds of millions to starve dead. Other factors are involved but our consumption as a nation is primary.

With 2/3 to 3/4 of Americans too inactive to burn as many calories as they take in, our country has become plagued with health issues and rising costs related directly to excessive weight. Other factors are involved but the unhealthy weights are primary.

I wish it were possible to make these points without offending anyone or hurting any feelings but they need to be made regardless.

Something has to give.

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[-] 2 points by Shule (2638) 3 years ago

There is no question that gluttony and obesity is a very major and serious problem in the U.S.A.; very many people have made that observation. And while I am not to judge the circumstance of any one individual, most people should be able to recognize gluttony and obesity as a social sickness that has become a plaque in our country. The only real question is why is that so?

[-] 2 points by pigeonlady (284) from Brooklyn, NY 3 years ago

Hello. Sorry you're finding so much imperfect with others, but at least you're over some other topics. Must mention that many weight issues are byproduct of disorders as well as treatments. I would enumerate but you're intelligent enough to look these things up yourself. You must be blessed with good health and metabolism and should thank whatever in the cosmos you believe in for that; and if on good terms thank Mom for taking care of herself while pregnant with you and feeding you well while you grew up. If you can't have a happy holiday season at least a content one. :)

[-] -2 points by StillModestCapitalist (343) 3 years ago

I'm not 'over' any topic. None of them have been resolved.

America is the fattest country on Earth and getting fatter. Mother Nature isn't to blame for that. Otherwise she would have made us fat hundreds of years ago. She didn't. This is our own damn fault.

I was cursed with poor health. I nearly died at birth and spent the first month of my life in a plastic box at the hospital. I grew up sickly and weak. I was on Darvon at the age of 12 and spent the following six years getting seriously ill three or four times each month.

My mom did a lot of things right and a few wrong. I don't blame her for any of it. She did the very best she knew how.

I finally gave up all meds including aspirin at the age of 18 AGAINST the advice of my doctor, started working out, and ended up transforming my immune system within a matter of weeks. It gradually improved throughout my twenties.

By my early 30s, I had become hands down the most healthy person I had ever known. It remains true to this day. I haven't even thrown up since the age of 25.

Relatively healthy eating, moderate daily exercise, moderate cleanliness but NOT hyper cleanliness, little to no medication (none in my case) and for damn sure, NO PAIN KILLERS.

In my very strong opinion and experience that's the best possible formula for at least 9 out of 10 people. The others are innocent victims of Mother Nature, industry, or their idiot parents who didn't have the sense or courage to drug-down during conception and the critical stages of pregnancy.

I guess I'll become a little more hated around here after that one.

My holiday season will be content. I hope yours is good.

[-] 1 points by pigeonlady (284) from Brooklyn, NY 3 years ago

Thanks. :)