Supersize and Starvation

Diet Gurus make millions blaming this and that, telling us do eat this don’t eat that and many times they are at polar opposites in their recommendations. When you think about it the problem is simple, Coke and Pepsi used to come in 5 oz bottles, a pound of hamburger made 8 burgers and people worked 12 hour days. It isn’t fat or carbs or protein that is the problem. In short it isn’t the “kind” of food that makes some of us fat, it is the amount. It is the amount combined with our ingrained instinctive primal urges to not starve to death coupled with our lack of activity that causes obesity. Even 80 years ago during the real “Great Depression,” eating was a matter of survival. For many, work was hard and long, and if you didn’t eat when it was offered and eat as much as you were allowed to you could very well die from the mistake.

Habits are hard to break particularly when they are based in instinctive behavior.


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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4 Responses to Supersize and Starvation

  1. EllaDee says:

    Our “primal urges to not starve” are also helped along by snappy marketing to blur the edges of need & want.

  2. dubiousme says:

    I enjoyed your post. I too recently wrote a piece on the subject of obesity and would be interested in your input. I took … shall we say a different tact. Fair warning however, if you offend easily my vernacular and perspective may not be for you. cheers

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