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We're Not Fat Because We're Lazy

(David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, U.S. News & World Report) Everything that makes modern living modern is, to one degree or another, obesigenic. And … the simple fact is that our species has no native defenses against caloric excess or the lure of the couch, never having needed them before…
What we're all up against—in our efforts to find health—may be likened to a flood. A vast, obesigenic flood. A flood of highly processed, energy-dense, nutrient-dilute, hyper-palatable, glow-in-the-dark, betcha'-can't-eat-just-one kind of foods; a flood of marketing dollars encouraging us to eat ever more of the very foods that propel us toward obesity and chronic disease; a flood of gadgets and gizmos that do all of the things muscles used to do; a flood of agricultural policies that subsidize corn to fatten cows rather than vegetables and fruits to vitalize people; a flood of obligations that leave no time for attention to health…
If we're committed to shielding our families from the crisis all around us, we must commit to acquiring the skill set for healthy living… [I]t's not a moment too soon to learn to swim—or to get the skills you need to build and sail your family's health across this restive sea.
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