2008-05-18

Americans Have Fat Genes

http://wmtc.blogspot.com/2008/05/something-else-to-blame-on-fat-people.html

There is fat epidemic in the United States and a couple of other
places (Canada, Ireland). Some people would have you believe they are fat because of their genes.

Unfortunatly, this flies in the face of basic logic: Americans are
fatter today than they were a hundred years ago. Genes don't morph that fast.

Mexicans aren't particularly fat in Mexico, when they live in the USA they are huge. People who live in the subburbs are fatter then people who live in the iner city.

More importantly, ask a fat person what sport they play. Almost invariably, you will draw a blank stare. Now, granted, maybe they don't exercise (walking is NOT exercise) because they are fat. But I suspect it is the other way around.

Fat people die young. They get heart desease and colen cancer and the rest. Fat people who smoke, don't get me started.

My point is that being pre-disposed to being overweight (which history tells us would only be a small fraction of the population, if at all),is not an excuse to be lazy and not exercise, it should be the motivator to get moving.

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1 comment:

L-girl said...

"Unfortunatly, this flies in the face of basic logic: Americans are
fatter today than they were a hundred years ago. Genes don't morph that fast."

However, this is the first time in history that most North Americans have had unlimited access to food. What we are now seeing is people reaching their genetic potential for weight.

There is a mountain of hard scientific evidence to support this.

Of course it's easier just to point fingers and blame. But if you're interested in learning more, check out Gina Kolata's book "Rethinking Thin".

Also, this doesn't mean healthy eating and exercise are any less important. That's a completely different issue.

Now I'll go back to ignoring you.

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