This story really tells it all.
The medical system has been making a living off your ills for a very long time.
The history of obesity is very interesting.
Greek physician and philosopher Galen was treating obesity 2000 years ago, and prescribed massage, baths, and “slimming foods” like greens, garlic, and wild game for his overweight patients.
Weight-loss drugs hit the mainstream in the 1920s, when doctors started prescribing thyroid medications to healthy people to make them thinner
In the 1930s, the weight-loss chemical 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) came along, followed by amphetamines, diuretics, laxatives, and diet pills like fen-phen, all of which worked only in the short term and caused side effects ranging from the annoying to the fatal.
A doctor in the 50’s proclaimed that 25 to 30 % of all Americans were obese-He just made up the number.
Another physician claimed he was getting “gratifying results… on the problem of obesity” by using 800 calorie a day diets coupled with amphetamines and phenobarbital. Hmmm.
Yea it worked really well until you un-wired your jaw.
In 1997, a panel of nine medical experts tapped by the National Institutes of Health voted to lower the BMI (body mass index) cutoff for overweight from 27 (28 for men) to 25. Overnight, millions of people became overweight, at least on paper, according to the NIH.
The panel argued that the change brought BMI cutoffs in line with World Health Organization Criteria.
Well yea, that’s important.
What they didn’t say, because they didn’t have to, is that lowering BMI cutoffs, and putting more people into the overweight and obese categories, also made more people eligible for treatment.
Fast forward to the summer of 2013 with the AMA (American Medical Association) meeting to discuss, among other things, Resolution 420.
Resolution 420 was short and to the point: “That our American Medical Association recognize obesity as a disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”
The AMA asked its own Committee on Science and Public Health to explore the issue; the committee came up with a five-page opinion suggesting that obesity should not be officially labeled as a disease, for several reasons.
The AMA membership didn’t agree and passed the resolution overwhelmingly.
Remember all the good cop shows? They’d always have “the chase scene.”
Guns drawn, running through traffic, into abandoned warehouses, up rickety stairs, wondering if you’ll get shot at the next turn.
But these guys were sprinting, jumping and climbing-a serious workout no doubt.
These dudes were in shape. Fitness was in.
Now, in 2015 our top law enforcement officers, the FBI, have to pass a fitness test.
Have you tried? This is a pretty good article.
Especially if you’ve tried to lose fat without much success.
What you have to remember is:
It means you better think for yourself. Just because some government agency says it’s good for you or, even better, how much you should eat of it, doesn’t make it true. As a matter of fact, it can be downright untrue in some cases.
Incompetence, fraud, lying or just mistakes. I don’t know.
The USDA Food Pyramid calls for 6 to 11 servings of grains a day. It’s your government looking out for you.
This will keep you healthy. ‘Cause they really care.
Uh-huh. Maybe they care more about pharmaceutical companies selling a lot of drugs (and donating to their campaign) or medical device companies implanting a lot of cool, new contraptions (in their home state).
Or maybe they care about big agricultural companies growing a lot of crappy food for your food chain. They must, since they subsidize it so heavily.
Just looking out for you, the little consumer.
If you base your nutrition off the USDA Food Pyramid, you’re probably fat. And a bit unhealthy.
It’s a good question but you don’t even ask it.
You believe they are an essential part of your diet. They’re good for you. You need them for good health.
Yea you can have ice cream, chocolate, pecan pie and a few beers.
And still be quite fit. Actually, you can eat any damn thing you want and be the fittest guy on your block.
Just abide by these two simple rules:
Just make it fit into your overall caloric goal and you are cool.
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Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 62 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so their energy soars and they live awesome lives using his signature Spartan Method system.
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