Darth_Kahuna OP t1_j9oqht4 wrote

Did I say anyone was lazy or lacking willpower? I believe there could be more education, better regulation of additives, better regulation of ag, etc. etc. etc. There are EU/European nations w high and growing rates of obesity despite having all the aforementioned healthcare access, regulation, etc. The UK, Poland, Spain, Malta, and Ireland all have over 25% obesity rates and are growing.

It is a multivariate issue that, at the end of the day, rest on personal choice of individuals. It's like voting for a racist; there are many factors that go into why someone would actively support a racist, but, at the end of the day, each citizen is personally responsible for the vote they have cast. At the end of the day, each person is responsible for the consumption choices they make. It's your body, your health, and your life.


Darth_Kahuna OP t1_j9okvzn wrote

You spoke nothing to my point and hand waived it away wo a rational rebuttal. You cannot say ppl do not make healthy choices bc they do not have time to do so due to working 80+ hours a week when < 5% of the population does this, >50% of the population works < 35 hours a week, and > 40% of the population is obese.

What to eat and how much to eat is a personal choice. Education can be done at the population level and is advisable, but, unless you are advocating a totalitarian answer where the government stipulates what you can or cannot eat or picks/chooses what is affordable and what is not, at the end of the day, it is personal choice.

Also, saying "78% of the population experiences this thus it is a systemic issue" is false. I live half the year in France and half in the US (duel citizen). France has ~10% obesity. Is it a personal choice issue in France and not systemic? At what point does it become systemic and why? What do you believe is a personal choice?


Darth_Kahuna OP t1_j9oa0w1 wrote

78% of American society is overweight/obese w 43% being obese. 142 million Americans are not working 3 jobs, 80 hours a week thus causing them to be obese due to not having the ability to find time to cook. We find the time to do what is important. Once I started valuing my health I found the time to cook healthy meals despite working 50hrs a week w two young children. The avg American works 34 hours a week in total and the avg American is obese. The avg American has the time, resources, and ability to consume healthy foods if they choose to.


Darth_Kahuna OP t1_j9o9m3w wrote

This is something that I hear often and 99% of society is not working so much they never have the time to make healthy meals. I have this challenge to anyone who says they do not have the time: Open the utility which tells you how much time you have spent on your phone the last week and on which app. See how much time you've spent on social media, gaming, drinking booze, smoking weed, driving to get food, etc. etc. etc. Every single time ppl who look at their phone alone show dozens of hours on it casting TV shows, social media, and gaming each week. I too thought I didn't have the time and learned that 99% of us have time to do the things we value. The person working 80 hours a week is an outlier.


Darth_Kahuna OP t1_j9lx6sy wrote

>“Our study strengthens previous literature pointing to obesity as a significant factor in AD (Alzheimer's Disease) by showing that cortical thinning might be one of the potential risk mechanisms,” says Filip Morys, a PhD researcher at The Neuro and the study’s first author. “Our results raise the possibility that decreasing weight in obese and overweight individuals in mid-life, in addition to other health benefits, may also decrease the subsequent risk of neurodegeneration and dementia.”


Darth_Kahuna t1_iyqs0uz wrote

I shudder to think someone might find my 8th grade algebra textbook in 1,300 years and make it some big thing. "Look at the sketch of this woman w glasses we assume was the teacher dangling over fire. These ppl 1,300 years ago must have been monsters!" No, I was simple in a Jesuit school and everything which bothered me went to hell in my drawings when I was 13 years old (despite no longer believing)!


Darth_Kahuna OP t1_iykkty9 wrote

If you read the study linked in the article it says the chemical composition of the impurities in the gold are as such that the probabilities of the gold being mined and smelted anywhere else than the same location is extremely unlikely. Now, where the OG mines are and place of smelting are is a mystery?

It's like having three ppl take a DNA test and they find out they are siblings yet they do not know who their parents are.


Darth_Kahuna t1_iqs8htr wrote

Exactly this. Does anyone expect to have the same understanding as pharmaceutical chemist about what goes into making medicine? Does anyone like what happens to animals that are needed to test on to help ensure the safety and efficacy of these drugs? Nope. Do we say to ourselves "I would love a cruelty free method of medical drug producing but, guess what, it's what we have and I am OK w it as I will not stop using medicine for everything from headaches to chemo."

This is the same w consuming animals. Sure, if you could grow meat in a lab for equal cost, taste, and nutrition, wo no weird side effects, I would choose that. If not, I'll choose the cow in the field. Just like taking aspirin, etc. for a headache I could live w, I do not choose to eat meat but I do so bc I can and want to. I reject the baseless ethical assumption that it is my responsibility to manage the suffering of animals.